Hey Brother John,
I was reading the story of Gideon in Judges, and I have a question.
Judges 6:12-14: “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor. 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 which 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. 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?”
My question: When the Lord said “Go in this thy might,” what exactly was the word “this” referring to? Was it his faith that the Lord was in control of every aspect of his life?
This portion of scripture from Judges provides us with an interesting scene, and it is one that we can take much from if God opens our eyes.
Did you notice where Gideon was when this angel came to him? He was hiding from the Midianites behind a winepress as he threshed out a little wheat to make himself some bread. There he was, so afraid of what the Midianites would do to him that he didn’t even want to be seen threshing wheat, and an angel suddenly appears and calls him a “mighty man of valor”. We know from that, that God was speaking to the Gideon that He saw, not to the Gideon that anyone else knew – including Gideon himself!
God was about to bring out the Gideon that He alone could see, and then use that Gideon to deliver Israel. The “might” that was in Gideon’s heart was his faith in the God that he had heard about, the God that had been testified about by his ancestors. Gideon believed in that God, and he loved that God, but where was He? Gideon wanted to know Him, but where was He? That was Gideon’s question. Nevertheless, Gideon believed in that God, and that genuine faith was the “might” that made Gideon a “mighty man of valor”, and man whom God would use to save His people.
How does God see us? We may be in hiding, like Gideon, and oppressed, as Gideon and Israel were, but what does God see? If God sees faith in His Son, and love for the truth, he will use us to bless His people. And like Gideon, it doesn’t matter to God whether we can see ourselves doing that; it only matters what he sees.
Thanks for the question, Billy.