“I know I can do this. Look at Gideon. He did it! If he could do it, I can do it also, with God’s help.”
“Yes! Yes! You can do it!”
I was listening to a conversation between two young men. One of them was referencing Gideon, one of the judges of Israel. In a time before the kings of Israel, God appointed judges to be spiritual and military leaders for the nation of Israel. Inspired by the success of Gideon, he was sure that God would similarly bless him since he was undertaking a far lesser task than rescuing the nation of Israel.
The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!”
“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”
Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”
The LORD said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”
Judges 6:12-16 (NLT)
There is no question that if God desires for you to undertake a task for Him, He will give you all the resources and skills to succeed. This is why Gideon succeeded. However, it would be presumptuous and even dangerous to assume that if Gideon could do it, you could as well.
When we are seeking Gods’ will in our lives and we feel God is speaking to us, either through the advice of someone else or through something we have read or seen, we should take a moment, pray, and seek God’s direction. He promises that He will answer and reveal His will for your life by transforming your mind.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Gideon did it!
Yes, he did, but only because God said He would be with him.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.