(…)Therefore, he did not believe in himself , because the natural evidences would not have chosen him. As mankind, nobody would have chosen him to lead the people of Israel out of captivity.
However, God decided to use it for his glory. God uses the weakest as the main actor for the manifestation of his extraordinary power.
As a human being, we choose someone based on their skills to hold a position of high responsibility. We focus on what we perceive with our eyes and our discernment. But God has a wider vision, he is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. He knows the ultimate capacity in us and can enable us to fully exploit our capabilities, even those we do not yet know. And do you know why? Because the Lord is the one who created us.
The only thing God asks of us is to answer his call, without worrying about how, but to trust him in the process. Indeed, he is not going to call us to carry out a mission without giving us the steps for the mission.
‘But God choose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.’ 1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV
So, our Lord gave the instructions to Gideon step by step.
The starting point was for Gideon to destroy the altar of Baal made by his people. And like any warrior, on a mission he received an objection. And this opposition came from his own people who had lost their identity. The people of Israel had lost their identity as children of God and descendants of Abraham and Moses. They had forgotten that the Lord had separated the Red Sea in two to bring them out of Egypt. It is sometimes easier to forget the blessings of God in our lives, rather than using them to overcome the obstacles of life. As a result, the Israelites preferred to follow the practices and customs of the people who lived in the lands they were in, rather than using their history to surpass their situation. Thus, the Israelites worshiped Baal and forgot their God, reason why they did not accept that the altar of Baal been destroyed.
‘Then the men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that was beside it.”’ Judges 6 :30 NKJV
When you accept God’s mission for your life, there is nothing to indicate that there will be no opposition, quite the opposite.
Gideon’s mission was to save the people of Israel from oppression and the opposition came from his own side.
In many cases, when you are operating from a place of challenge and you have fear, there is always someone around you who will oppose you in our walk. When you are about to realise something that nobody realised before, you are scared because you do not believe in yourself. And there will always be someone who will discourage you, and can even try to sabotage you for the fact that you are overcoming your fears, and doing something you have not done before. Oppositions are proof that you are in the right direction because the enemy will try to deflect the work you are doing, for the sole purpose of defeating the mission.
In my example, my classmate tried to discourage me, in the case of Gideon the men of the city wanted to kill him for the sake of the altar of Baal, who was not even their God.
But, as much as there is always someone to discourage you, God will also always place someone to encourage you and push you closer to your destiny. This person will facilitate the advancement over your fear.
In my case, my parents were encouraging me, they believed in me. Likewise, Joash, Gideon’s father supported him when the men of the city wanted to kill him for the sake of Baal altar.
‘Then the men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that was beside it.” But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Would you plead for Baal? Would you save him? Let the one who would plead for him be put to death by morning! If he is a god, let him plead for himself, because his altar has been torn down!” ’ Judges 6 :30-31 NKJV
Finally the Lord gave the victory to the people of Israel through Gideon. Imagine, if Gideon didn’t follow God’s instruction and let his fear overcome him ? He would have missed his destiny and would have not led the people of Israel to victory.
Fulfill your destiny by overcoming Fear.
Why should you overcome your fear?
- Success belongs to people who are bold enough to step into their destiny without Fear
- Nothing should stop a child of God except God himself
- Only God has the final say, until he has not told you it is over, you must continue
- You have nothing to lose, but only success or a life lesson to learn
Stay blessed Xx 🙂
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