Judges 6:14–15 (NKJV)
14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
Recently, I was afforded the opportunity to revisit the story of Gideon. It really is one of my favorite stories in the Bible, for many reasons. Oh and yes for those who may not know – Gideon isn’t just the name on the Bible hotels provide for their guests. There is an actual biblical story connected to that name . . .
So, back to it being one of my favorite stories – yes it really is. The story of Gideon is a very inspirational story of how God will give you certain victory in the face of uncertain circumstances, using the unlikely for a unique purpose. It is an amazing account of God’s Hand in the lives of His people. If you have time, peruse the pages of Judges 6 and 7. I guarantee you will be encouraged. But, for today our focus isn’t solely on the God assured victory. I want us to take a look at the challenge of pitiable self-perception in the face of God’s power.
When exploring the pages of scripture, it is literally impossible to engage the Word of God and not see that the Lord truly desires the best for his people. He truly does want to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). God loves His children and has endowed purpose and possibility upon all. Unfortunately, many of his children, we, allow issues that don’t belong to us to get in the way of us.
Gideon was a young man, clearly gifted and purposed. Yet, his circumstances appeared to be the antithesis of his promise. He was living the consequences of generational disobedience. There he was living in a home, in hiding because of what had been done before him. Not the scenario one would expect of someone great. Yet, he was purposed. He was full of greatness!
Purpose in spite of Predicament
The truth is regardless of where you grew up, what mistakes you may have made, or how imperfect you feel – you have purpose. No matter how far you think you have gone, you have never gone so far that The Lord cannot find you. Gideon was living in a cave of sorts, working in the bottom, when the Angel of The Lord showed up in his presence. The Lord showed up in the most unlikely of circumstances with a promise. The promise . . . he would be great and deliver his people. He would was the one, the Neo, the one who would defy the matrix of the matter and make a difference.
Even though things around him were less than ideal, the power and potential in him was incredible. We should all be encouraged to know that no matter how bad things may seem, how uncomfortable, how frustrating, God can maneuver through the mess with a message. He can give purpose in the face of problems. The Lord will literally show up in our situation to remind us of how great we really are and provide us with a plan of possibility.
Doubt in the face of Destiny
The Lord has sent a Word of promise, possibility, and greatness. He was purposed to do something utterly astounding. You would think he would have been excited, ecstatic, encouraged to know that there was a better tomorrow to come. No, he replied with rebuttal – excuses as to why he couldn’t. You know, how we do. Remember when God gave you the idea for the business, the next degree, the new home, the book – and you responded with “Nah, not me.” Before we jump down his throat, let’s look at the man (woman) in the mirror and recall how we too have averted yes by excuse.
I don’t want us to miss the specificity in his excuse though. He said two things I think we all have wrestled with at one time or another: His family was weak and he was the least in his family. In words he said I’m the weakest in a weak family. He paused with greatness in question.
Many of us have come from families that may not have been ideal. Maybe you were the first to go to college or the first to want to go to college; the only one with an entrepreneurial spirit; the one who’s different; you have a passion that is very different from the typical. If we allow these differences to breed doubt, then we will live our life believing our family history and context is too weak for something great. We have to remember Godly purpose is about where we are going, not where we’ve been! But, what hits me even harder is Gideon said he was least in the house. To make that statement, someone had to have told him that and he started to own a belief that didn’t belong to him. We have to stop carrying baggage that doesn’t belong to us. Too many have heard discouraging words and comments that can easily discourage. We have to stop living down to discouragement and not allow doubt to distract us from destiny. God made you; He gave you the passion, the ideas, the dreams. Don’t allow anyone to talk you down out of your upward possibility in Christ!! You are Great!
Possibility in the Promise
Well, if we fast-forward a short while, we will see that Gideon in fact did win. He fulfilled his purpose. In spite of his circumstance, in spite of his greatness in question, he accomplished everything The Lord said he would! My friend, I believe and God desires the same for you. Every idea, vision and dream God has given is yours for certain victory over any circumstance in your life. There is possibility beyond the problems we face. Tomorrow will be greater.
No matter what, never give up on that little voice within telling you how great you are. Never allow eternal circumstances to interrupt that internal peace you have with purpose. You were made for this. You know it. You dream it. You breathe it. It’s you! Decide today, right now, this moment to no longer be Greatness in Question and become Greatness in Pursuit of Purpose!
You are amazing!!! Go get it with our Great Self!!!