Spiritual Growth

An Unlikely Hero part 1

An Unlikely Hero Part 1

I recently read the story of Gideon.   It’s a very cool story with so much to teach us, so this is the first of three blogs I will write about this wimpy guy named Gideon and his journey to becoming a Mighty hero. It’s inspiring and just might make you look at yourself in the mirror a little differently!  I might suggest that you read Judges 6:6-16 to get you started.  I’ve copied and pasted the text at the very bottom of this blog for your convenience.  Let’s dive in to this story shall we?

 Background

Clearly, the Israelites have yet again disobeyed God and are suffering underneath people who have no problem terrorizing them.  The Midianites are a brutal people who’ve got no problems terrorizing the Israelites to the point of starvation.  Then, finally the Israelites decide to call upon their God instead of other gods.  What does their God do?  He appoints a unlikely hero, Gideon, to rescue them.

Recruitment of a “Hero”

God sends an Angel to give Gideon his God-ordained, God-created assignment.  Gideon, of course, has no idea what God has planned for him.  He’s just another guy from one of the smallest and weakest tribes of Israel.  Additionally, Gideon is of a generation that has merely heard (never seen first hand) of the great way that God saved the Israelites from the slavery and oppression of the Egyptians. So God sends one of His angels to give Gideon his assignment.  Imagine that Gideon is just going about his daily business and along appears an Angel of the Lord!

What are the very first words out of the Angel of the Lord’s mouth to Gideon? “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” Gideon is not yet a hero.  He’s just a guy. In fact, he is probably a below-average guy.  Hero? Mighty?  That would be like someone addressing me as “ Olympic gold medalist, the Lord is with you” or something along those lines!  I’m not an Olympian yet alone a gold medalist!

The words selected by the Angel of the Lord, Mighty Hero, are not a coincidence.  They aren’t sarcastic nor are they mocking Gideon.  See, God knows that Gideon is, in fact, a Mighty hero! God has had this future planned for Gideon before Gideon was born. The Angel of the Lord sees Gideon as God sees Gideon. The Angel of the Lord addresses Gideon based on who Gideon is in relation to God and in the plans of God. Gideon is a Mighty Hero!

Mighty Heroes – Each of Us

I’m reading a daily devotional by Sarah Young entitled Jesus Calling.  Last week I read an entry that helped me understand why seeing ourselves as God sees us is so important. In her book, everything is written as if Jesus were speaking to the reader.

“ Beware of seeing yourself through other people’s eyes. It is nearly impossible to discern what others actually think of you. Moreover, their views of you are variable, subject to the viewers’ spiritual, emotional and physical condition. It is much more real to see yourself through My (Jesus) eyes.”

 What if we began to see ourselves through God’s eyes and not the eyes of others? What if what the Bible says about you as a child of God is truth?  Well, it is truth. My heart skips a beat at this!  The potential.  The freedom. The confidence.  The power.

We are Mighty Heroes indeed!

Perhaps you are like me and you aren’t yet all God has created you to be, but by His Grace you are becoming that Mighty Hero a little bit everyday.  No, your husband or wife, kids and friends are probably not yet all that God has created them to be either, but what if you responded to and treated them AS IF…AS IF they were, today, this moment, right here and right now already a MIGHTY HERO?

Let’s Think About This

How does God see us?  Below are just a few verses about how God sees us.  These are just a few that I find helpful and meaningful.  I hope that you will too.

Would You?

If there are verses that you know or find the tell us who we are in God not listed here, would you consider posting them as a comment to this blog? If you would,I think that can help each of us wrap our heads around the truth of who we are because of God.  It can give hope and excitement to our heart to know that God has great, heroic things planned for each of us!

Ephesians 2: 10

 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Jeremiah 1:5 ERV

Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I knew you.
Before you were born, I chose you for a special work.

 Romans 5:11 NLT

 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Story Text in the Bible is found in Judges 6:6-16

6 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord handed them over to the Midianites for seven years. The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel, camping in the land and destroying crops as far away as Gaza. They left the Israelites with nothing to eat, taking all the sheep, goats, cattle, and donkeys. These enemy hordes, coming with their livestock and tents, were as thick as locusts; they arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare. So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help.

When they cried out to the Lord because of Midian, the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt. I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land. 10 I told you, ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live.’ But you have not listened to me.”

11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”

13 “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.”

14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”

15 “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!”

16 The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

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