Posted by: New in Every Way | March 29, 2012

Who, Me?

Speaking of discovering our God-given identity and destiny (we are, this week, aren’t we?), it would be hard to find a better example than Gideon, whose story appears in the Bible in Judges 6:11-8:35.

Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress—so that Midianite raiders would not spot him and seize the grain. An angel appeared to him and said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”

What kind of greeting was that? Puzzling but powerful, I would say. For Gideon, it mainly opened floodgates of concern and confusion.

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian” (Judges 6:13).

The “angel,” who—it turns out—was the Lord himself . . .

. . . turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” (Judges 6:14-16).

Did Gideon ask to take the nation’s problem on his shoulders? Did he see himself as the answer to his nation’s problem? No, God chose him–for the greatest adventure of his life. (Read all about it in  Judges 6:11-8:35).

  • God declared to him who he was and what he could do.
  • God empowered him with his Spirit.
  • God put it in the hearts of others to join him in driving the Midianites out of the country.
  • God gave him strategy after strategy.
  • God encouraged him with supernatural signs, whenever he wavered.

God made Gideon a history-maker and world-changer. In the process, he answered Gideon’s personal cry for help–and his need to be more than the least man in the weakest clan.

When the Lord taps you on the shoulder with a challenging commission, you may ask, “Who, me?”

Expect him to say, “Yes, you. I made you for this job, and you will succeed because I am with you.”

Make it Personal

  • What are your deepest concerns, desires, and dreams? They are a clue to your identity and destiny—who God made you to be and what he made you to do.
  • Do you know God is nudging you in a new direction, but you don’t see how . . . You can do it, because the Lord is with you.

Tune in next Wednesday for another installment of Gideon’s story and

another insight about your identity and destiny.

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