Whatever is God thinking?
What does God see in you? I’m sure Gideon had the same questions that you do. He appears to be a weak and timid man yet God calls him a “mighty man of valor”. (Judges 6:12 KJV) Can’t you just imagine Gideon looking over his shoulder to see who God is talking to and then asking “you can’t mean me?” Again in verse 14 God repeated “Go, in this thy might”. Gideon’s response in verse 15 reveals how inadequate Gideon feels.
Judges 6:15 (King James Version)Gideon demanded a sign and even that wasn’t enough so he also put out a fleece because he still had doubts about what God was calling him to do. However, God used this timid hero to roust out the Midianites thereby delivering Israel from their seven year oppression. What did God see in Gideon? The answer is found in Judges 6:25-27 and Judges 7:2.
And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
- Judges 6:25-17 Gideon had to deal with his sin. God told him to tear down the altar to Baal that his father had built and then to build an altar to God. Gideon then offered a burnt sacrifice.
- Judges 7:2 Gideon realized his own weakness and that it was not his strength but God’s.
God has called you precisely because you do see your own sin and weakness. You are someone that He can show Himself strong through. You understand what Paul is saying in 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV):