Judges 6:1-40; Luke 22:54-23:12; Psalm 95:1-96:13; Proverbs 14:5-6
Meet the Midianites–One of the Eastern desert dwelling peoples that caused the Israelites much grief, swooping in on their fertile lands, destroying crops and basically bullying them into hiding in caves and crevices in the hills.
Meet Gideon–the youngest son of Joash from the tribe of Manasseh, not known for its bravado or strength. He’s down in a wine vat, threshing his wheat (out of the sight of bullies.)
Meet the Angel–sent by God with a message for Gideon.
The angel said to Gideon, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” Judges 6:12
Who–me? thought Gideon. I’m hiding down here. Alone, trying to get some work done.
To the angel he says, “If the Lord IS with us, why has all this happened to us?…But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hands of the Midianites.” 6:13
“The Lord turned to Gideon and said, ‘Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?’ 6:14
Gideon said, “How can I save Israel, my clan is the weakest and I am the least in my father’s house.” 6:15
“And the Lord said to him, ‘But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” 6:16
Yes you–and the Lord God Almighty!
God chose an insignificant young man for a big job–not because of his might and strength, just because–GOD IS GOD and He can work through whomever he chooses to accomplish what He desires because HE IS GOD!
God would go on to inspire, equip, and enable reluctant Gideon to defeat the Midianite bullies. Gideon was never fully sure of himself, but he learned to trust God and he saw God’s victory over the enemy.
Is God calling you? Who, me? Yes, me. Yes, you.
Remember the Lord’s words to Gideon “But I will be with you.“
God’s strength is our strength when we see ourselves as weak and insignificant. We matter to Him and He goes with us.
Lord God, through the story of Gideon you remind us that it is not by our own strength, cleverness or position that we accomplish “big” things for you. It is YOU through us. It’s the Holy Spirit working through the Word and Sacraments accomplishing the impossible–turning a sinner into a child of God.
Lord, whatever you call us to do, help us to remember that You are with us ‘even unto the end of the age.’ Help us remember the war on sin is over. The bully has been defeated. Christ is the Victor–and lives in us. Who me? Yes-you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for He is our God and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under His care.” Psalm 95:6-7