The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” “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 6:11-13
The conversation between the angel of the Lord and Gideon went on at great length. The angel made a clear proposition to deliver Israel through this young man, while Gideon was cautious and borderline skeptical. Gideon is called a mighty warrior, he is promised that the Lord’s presence would be with him, and he was even given miraculous signs to make certain it was the Lord behind it all.
Gideon’s hesitancy came from comparing everything he knew about himself and his situation to what he had not yet seen from God.
He was confident of some variables that were apparent to him. The family clan Gideon belonged to was the weakest among the clans. In his clan, he was the least member. By most accounts, there was no way this man was a possible savior of the nation. The good news is that God doesn’t use likely heroes. God’s man would do well to focus on who God is and how He intends to work instead of man-made limitations.
DO THIS TODAY: Stop placing limits on what God can do through you. Start joining God in His work.