Gideon’s First Encounter

GIDEON’S FIRST ENCOUNTER with God was negative. Note Judges 6:13… And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles that our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites” (KJV). The angel of the Lord came to Gideon with a message that God was with him and that he was a mighty man of valor. Gideon was shocked. Gideon had no ambition to be someone of prominence; perhaps the angel of the Lord had made a mistake. Can you remember your first encounter with the call of God? God sees what a man or woman can become. He sees “a hidden spirit of valor” lurking in all of us. When God looked upon Gideon, He clothed him with strength and with might (v. 14). Gideon didn’t believe that he was qualified (v. 15). Many of us are like Gideon and look for assurance that the call and the message was from God. I often wondered, “Why, Lord? Why did you come and call me?” The angel of the Lord told Gideon (v. 16), “I will be with thee,” and that was enough. God said to me, “Preach my word,” and that was enough. God never abandoned me; God is never far off. God sees you as a mighty man or woman of valor. Are you willing to be a Gideon in this hour? The nation needs you. Never be dismissive of God’s call or what God sees in you.

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GOD’S MULTIPYING POWER

We must never measure God’s resources by our own. In 2 Kings 4:1-7, a widow had only one jar of oil. Instead of telling her to conserve her resources, Elisha said to pour them out. Instead of coming to the end of her supply, she kept pouring out until she ran out of containers. Christians, so much more exists in the spiritual world than we see or understand. God begins with a small jar, but He does not stop there. He adds to my prayer, to my words, and to my service. Is this not the story of Scripture? Abraham’s past-childbearing body… and God. Moses’ shepherd’s crook… and God. David’s sling… and God. One boy’s small lunch… and God. It is the “and God” that makes the difference. Give God a chance. He will multiply what you have.

Pastor George Belobaba

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