There is a mighty hero found in the pages of Judges whose life inspires growth. He is listed in Hebrews as one of the hero’s of faith, whose story is too long to recount. A small piece of his story is found in Judges 6-8.
The story starts with young man tending to his family business. He wasn’t looking for a call on His life, just doing what was before him. Which really wasn’t much. He is found separating the grain from the husks and tares in the bottom of a wine-press. Gideon, along with the other Israelites were starving at the hands of the Midianites.
Out of no where, comes the voice of the Lord calling his attention to what he was not. Gideon was far from a mighty hero in the natural. Gideon questioned God because he was the smallest in his clan, and his clan was the smallest in the tribe, and the smallest tribe in Israel. Gideon steps out and destroys the temple idols, but then again questions God asking for a sign through the fleece two separate times. Gideon again steps out, but God used of the words of the enemy to give Gideon the courage to go into battle. The story of Gideon ends with the men following him wanting Gideon to rule over them, but he lets them know if is God that will rule them. Gideon lived forty years after fulfilling his purpose before dying. At every step of the way, Gideon questioned his calling.
God is not deterred by our questions. Even when we are asking them over and over again. He knows that His calling usually takes us by surprise, as He calls things that aren’t as though they are. The Lord doesn’t speak to our current circumstances, but to our destiny. God reminds us, that despite the circumstances surrounding us, He is with us.
God knows that we will have questions about our qualifications to do what He has called us to do. His plans at so much larger than us, so of course we fill unqualified when He gives us even a small vision of what He wants to do in and through us.
God doesn’t count it against us when we ask for a sign. He is not put out when we say “please give me a sign, I don’t want to miss it.” and even again when we say “Just to make sure can You give me one more.” It is one of those questions of “Lord, help my unbelief.” We are saying “I am looking to you. I am trying to believe. Show me.” He can build our faith to match His call.
Sometimes, God will even use others to call out the gifts that we are allowing to lie dormant in our lives. Many times others have the ability to see what is in us that we are too oblivious to see about ourselves. We hear Him whispering it to us, but to hear someone else speak it gives us the confidence we need to know it is not just pride and selfish ambition, but really His calling to us.
I admit I question God a lot, which is why I like Gideon so much. I have a hard time understanding how an all-powerful God would even want to use me. When I get past the point that it is not because it is me, but despite of myself that He wants to use me then I start to question that validity.
I spent so much of my life being self-seeking and promoting that I don’t want to take a step without knowing that God is the one that is promoting my actions. I don’t want to think I am hearing God’s voice and really just be chasing selfish ambition. I also don’t want to jump the gun and try to force my timing on His plans. When I hear that call I generally put a specific fleece out to God so that I know it is not only His voice, but His timing.
There are times I have allowed the voice of the enemy to deter my calling. I have let negative voices stop me in my tracks. My pastor has been reminding us that if the enemy is speaking, it is a lie. It would be nice to have the enemy speak with the vision of fear like the enemy did for Gideon to overhear, but it won’t always happen. So when he is speaking out against us, we can be sure that with God we have the ability to do what he is saying we can’t or shouldn’t.
Questions can lead us to the truth that will build up our faith and cause us to walk in the fullness of the destiny that God sees within us. We have to remember that God sees the end from the beginning. We have to trust that He will fulfill what He has called us to do if we just trust Him. It will all be done in and through use to point others to the God that rules over us. Our questions can help us grow towards Him.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on growth. 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day.