DAY 229 OF 365 IN 2021

Reference text: Judges 6:11-24


Judges 6:11 The angel came and sat under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite. It was there that Gideon, his son, was threshing wheat in a winepress to hide his activities from the Midianites.

A wine press is for squeezing the juice out of grapes to make wine. So we realise that there was a motive when Gideon decided to beat wheat in the wine press. His intention was  to hide it from the Midianites. Therefore, we enter a bit of an impasse when the Angel of the Lord appears to him and refers to him as “a mighty man of valour!'(vs 12) To make matters worse, he adds ‘Go in this might of yours and save Israel from Midian (vs 14) [the very same people from whom he was hiding in the first place]

It is after this charge that Gideon responds in a manner that would sound like: ” I don’t know if its actually me you’re referring to but if you are, then I think you have the wrong person. Valour? Courage? Save Israel? From who? Can’t you see me hiding right now? And just so you also know, even if I was to agree, I have no backing from anyone: my clan is the weakest and in my entire household, I am the last name on anyone’s lips, so thank you, but I think I’ll pass “

Had he been allowed, Gideon would have gone on and on until the angel was persuaded that he had come to the wrong person, but God had already made up his mind. Hence came the response “I will be with you and you shall strike the Midianites as one man”. In other words, I will be the backing you say you lack, you only need say Yes.

Beloved, if you ever thought that God was looking solely at what you have now, you have perceived inaccurately for He sees not what a person is, but what they can become. He called Gideon a mighty man of valour when in the present, his actions were nothing more than one filled with fear. No amount of excuses could dissuade God from recruiting this General for His army.

So you can also writeup your list of excuses, God will tear them down right before your eyes because He sees you a lot greater than you do, and He has made up His mind about you.


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