Many have lived lives of sorrow and failure because they refused their calling from the Lord,“And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel, “(I.Sam.15:,26).
It is not so with those called of God, as was Gideon. The Bible telling us the gifts and callings of God are without repentance according to (Rom.11:29).
Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the consequence was what it always will be when people turn away from the Lord our Redeemer-bondage and oppression under the hand of our enemy (v.I,2).
But when they were impoverished they “cried unto the Lord” (v.6) and He saved them out of their distresses by sending them a prophet “that Jehovah sent a prophet unto the children of Israel” (v.8) and a mighty man to save.
Gideon faced A Sorrowful time in his life. The Word of God tells us “Gideon thrashed his wheat, and hid it from the Midianites” (v.11). What a picture of a liFe lived under the fear of man
Separation from the ways of God will certainly bring the fear of man in our life.
How are the mighty fallen that the redeemed of the Lord should tremble at the face of man? Elijah, in another sense, thrashed out his wheat fearlessly in the presence of his enemy, because he stood before the Lord God of Israel, (1.Kings 17).
There is always a comforting word from the Lord. The angel of the Lord appeared, and said unto him, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour” (v.12).
This messenger of the covenant of God was preached unto Gideon, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour” The grace of God came through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Jesus said unto his disciple in (Mt.28:20), “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”
It is His will and purpose to bless you and make you a blessing, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”(III.Jh.1:2), .
This angel brought to Gideon what the Holy Spirit brings to us-a remembrance of our privileges as His people, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mk.16:1718).
Gideon had to faced a Troubled Question. And Gideon said, “If the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? ” (v. 13).
All this dishonour and misery came because of sin, but, blessed be God, although we may fall through our iniquity, He does not cast us off and for ever deny His people. Jesus Christ preached repentance, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt.4:17). Let us seek true repentance. Only Jesus can forgive us of our sin.
His great fatherly heart still loves and yearns for the restoration of His erring ones to His bosom, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Mt.11:28,29).
If the Lord is with us, why is our testimony so fruitless and our prayer so powerless ? Just for the very same reason-an evil heart of unbelief (II.Chro.15:2).
Gideon received a great commission. The Lord looked upon him, and said, “Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel, have not I sent thee?” (v.14). His might undoubtedly lay in the assurance of Jehovah’s presence with him (v.12).
Samson was not a giant, his great strength lay in the power of the Spirit of God with him, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (Ac.3:6).
He does not send us a warfare on our own charges, “ for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (II.Chor.20:15).
Depressed and doubting soul, herein is the secret of might, “ all power is given unto Me.“ (Mt.28:19). To Joshua the Lord said, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Josh.1:9). Let us do our work that is given to us, let us do it in Jesus name.
Gideon had a common excuse like all of us, “Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? my family is poor, and I am the least,” (v.15). (2.) It was so also with Moses (Ex. 3:11) and with Saul (I.Sam. 9:21).
Poverty and weakness are no arguments against the exceeding riches of His grace and power to usward, “ For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be made whole”
Urging our own helplessness in the face of the Lord’s all-sufficient promise only betrays our lack of faith in His Word.
Still, the Lord expects that His abounding grace should never be in anything like self-confidence or boasting.
Our conscious weakness is one of the best qualifications for the work of God, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty,” (1Cor.1:27).
The Lord gave Gidon an Assuring Promise. “And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee” (v. 16). God meets his felt need with the promise of His presence.
The presence of God means the supplying of all our needs as His servants.
There is no other way whereby the Lord can equip us for His work than by the power of His presence, by the power of the Holy Ghost within us. Gideon says, “I am poor, and my father’s house are few in number,” but God’s answer to his and our poverty and feebleness is, “I will be with thee.” Greater is He that is with us than all that can be against us, God has said, “I will in no wise fail thee,” so that with courage we say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not fear” (Heb.13:5,6).
Gideon received a confirming token.“If now I have found grace in Thy sight, then show me a sign, and there rose up fire out of the rock” (v.17,21). The God that answereth by fire, let him be God (1.Kings 18:24).
Why should a sign be needed after giving His sure word of promise? In infinite grace God adapts His methods to the natural infirmities of man.
He adds the seal of the Spirit to the promise of His Word. This holy fire appeared after the offering had been poured out before the Lord.
As the fire of the Lord of old had to do with the offerings of the alter. The Lord promised The disciples that they would receive his Spirit into there live after he was gone, “Ye shall be baptised with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” “Did ye receive the Holy Ghost when ye believed ? ” (Acts 19:2).