A few weeks ago I was very encouraged to read the story about Gideon in the Bible from the book of Judges 6:1-32. At the beginning of the story , Gideon had such a low opinion of himself that when God first called him to help defeat the Midianites, he didn’t really believe it was really God speaking to him . Hence he felt compelled to lay out a fleece to see if it would become wet while the surrounding ground would remain dry. Even when God made this happen as a sign for Gideon , he was still not fully convinced that it was God speaking . Hence Gideon felt the need to lay the fleece out a second time just to be sure.When Gideon obeyed God’s first instruction to tear down the altar to Baal and replace it with a proper altar to The Lord, he was still filled with fear. This was shown when Gideon chose to fulfill God’s instruction at night, so no one would see him. However as Gideon took action and obeyed God step by step, God gradually changed him to become a confident and courageous leader filled with His strength. This is evident in 7: 17 – 18 where Gideon commands his small army ” Watch me… Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout ‘For the Lord and for Gideon “.
The result was that Gideon and his army experienced an amazing supernatural victory. When the Midianites suddenly heard the loud crashing of pots and glass by the Israelite troops, God’s spirit caused them to turn against each other. As a result Gideon’s army didn’t even have to fight the enemy in the usual way.
Hence Gideon was commended for his obedience and faith in the Lord, and is later mentioned in the ” Hall of Faith” in the book of Hebrews 11:32 from the New Testament. This account can be a great encouragement to us, especially when we may feel fearful and inadequate for the task God calls us to do. If we choose to trust and obey Him, he will fill us with his strength and power to experience His victory.
By Adelle Arwen
Gospel Singer Songwriter & Recording Artist