Superheroes in hiding
Gideon started out as an ordinary obscure man. In most cases we all do.
Do you often feel worthless? Do you feel like there’s nothing you are good at? The perennial outcast? Insignificant and invisible to your peers?
If any of these apply to you, then you can probably relate to Gideon.
He was part of the weakest clan and considered himself to be the least among his family. He was hesitant and afraid. When the angel of God approached him, he was furtively threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites, who were attacking his people. Given these facts, he had every reason to complain and be in denial that God wanted to choose him to restore his nation.
“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 6:15,16
Common sense dictates that such a person should never be chosen to lead. But God’s wisdom is infinite, with our earthly insight we cannot comprehend the plan of God.
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthian’s 1:27
The selection of Gideon might seem bizarre still it follows a pattern often seen in the bible. At a time when women were regarded as second-class citizens, God chose Deborah to be a judge.
Jephthah had been a social outcast before God chose him to lead his people.
Throughout the Bible, God repeatedly chose cast-offs and rejects.
Don’t look at your present situation, presuming this is how your life is going to be. When you can’t see your value, God who created you can see it.
I believe there’s a reason you are reading this, it isn’t just a coincidence, God wants to do something extraordinary with your life. Trust in Him, and as faith outgrows what you see and feel present, like Gideon, the good Lord will change your life.