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An Encouraging Word

Judges Chapters 6-8 record for us the deliverance God provided for Israel through Gideon after seven years of domination and harassment by the Midianites. The Midianites would systematically confiscate by force their agricultural products. Gideon, in an effort to hide his wheat, was conducting a covert threshing operation. In time, the Angel of the Lord appeared, assuring him the LORD was “with him” and addressing him as “thou mighty man of valor!” (6:12).

Gideon’s response was an understandable one. He asked: “If you are WITH us, why has all this evil at the hands of the Midianites BEFALLEN us?” Many a child of God has asked the Lord the same question over the millennia since. Are you one of them?

Then scripture makes this statement: "And THE LORD LOOKED UPON HIM and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?” (6:14). Why make this seemingly redundant statement when it’s obvious from the context Gideon and the Angel were already looking at each other as they conversed? 

I believe it’s because God saw in Gideon what Gideon could not see in himself. God saw Gideon becoming the deliverer that he in his wildest imagination could never see himself becoming!

God the Father sees in each one of us, who are “under grace” through faith in Jesus Christ, the potential to be transformed into the image and likeness of his Son and perform great spiritual things through the indwelling Spirit and the spiritual gifts with which he has equipped us. In fact, he has predestinated the believer to be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus (Romans 8:29). 

I can assure you, BEATING BACK the world, the flesh and the devil and PUTTING ON the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:24, 6:11; Colossians 3:10-14) is EVERY bit as challenging (if not more so) as defeating the Midianites!

As God LOOKS at the Christian in the same manner he LOOKED at Gideon, he sees what he wants to MAKE out of us and DO with us that we cannot see in ourselves. There is no greater challenge for a child of God than discovering what that is and pursuing it with all diligence, knowing that the Lord is WITH us and has SENT us to accomplish it!

It matters not whether the believer is an Olympic athlete or bound to a wheelchair. There is something of the glory of Jesus that the Father desires to build into each one of us who have believed. What an encouraging word!


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