Gideon, a mighty warrior. Words that no one expected to hear, especially coming from an angel of the Lord. Gideon wrestled with what he was called to be, but in the end he took a stand for what God had called him to do. But that was only the beginning. Gideon took a stand for restoring worship to the one true God in his house; now he is called upon to help defend his nation. In order to do so, there are several things that need to change.
Leo Tolstoy wrote, “Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.” If Gideon is going to be able to be used of God to save the nation of Israel, to return to thriving and not merely surviving, he had some changing to do. He is going to have to change some of his thoughts, actions, preconceptions, and, quite honestly, do some things and become someone quite the opposite of what he has done and who he was before.
As the spirit of God was speaking to Gideon and stirring, Gideon had a choice to respond or allow things to remain as they were. While most of us don’t have to contend with invading armies ravishing our crops and killing our herds, we do have opportunities where the spirit of God is stirring and we are invited to move forward. Our choices will not only impact our lives and the lives of our family, but also all who God has raised us up to redeem.