Have you ever found yourself asking why you work so hard and have so little? How have others managed to find wealth when all you can see around you is poverty? Have you ever worried about providing for your family?
As children, my husband and I each loved the Bible story of Gideon. He marched into battle with unorthodox weapons and came out with the victory. It was a fascinating story to each of us while we were children. However, it wasn’t until we read it again as adults that we saw the true heartbreak behind the event. You see, God has this thing about taking little and making it much. He does this to show himself as a great and mighty God. Often times people find themselves shouting “Amen” about this concept in church because frankly, it sounds great sitting on a pew. It isn’t until God takes much of your own life and makes it little just to show you that he is capable of making it much again that the tension in the room starts rising.
Oddly enough, Gideon was not a warrior. In fact, he was a tradesman. A poor tradesman. His family struggled just to find food. His enemies were too great in number for him to count. Due to this fact, his family was forced to leave the comfort of their home and made to live in the caves of mountain tops. Gideon worked hard, day in and day out, and couldn’t see much reward. That is until an angel of the Lord appeared to him.
The People In The Bible Were Human Too
Okay, this is where Gideon becomes human in my eyes. He actually had the nerve to tell this angel he needed to prove himself as being real. He didn’t believe that angels would actually show up to people in his time. He went so far as to say that was something that only happened in stories! Now, I don’t know about you but if someone came up to me professing to be an angel of the Lord I would probably laugh and say “yeah right! what kind of medicine are you on?” Gideon was no different.
In fact, Gideon’s faith was so weak that after the angel proved himself, he was still full of doubt. He had so much doubt, even fear for that matter, of completing a task for God that God had to give him “baby steps” just to strengthen his faith before he could use him in the battle. I think many Christians today can relate to Gideon in that way.
Now, imagine this next scene. Gideon knows that day of battle is approaching and everything is on the line. He has a generation back home depending on him to win. Nervously he counts his men, he just wants to make sure that he has enough. God sees this as weak faith and he takes men away from him! God took 22,000 men away from him. In sweet, precious Sunday school class they probably didn’t explain what happens to a man when something so great is taken from him. Fear strikes his heart. His army has been cut back drastically and now in a panic, he counts his men again. All the while unaware of God’s purpose for doing so. Then the unthinkable happens. He is told to decrease his army of 10,000 down to 300. That’s right, 300. Like the movie. Isn’t it funny how Hollywood does that?
I’m sure Gideon was wondering how could God do that to him? This army of men had become his livelihood. So now, in faith, he moves forward towards the battlefield with only 300 men. Only just when you think everything is under control, God really shakes things up. Do you know the story? If so, you know I haven’t gotten to the weapons yet.
To truly paint this picture I want you to keep in mind what we’ve learned so far about Gideon. He’s a tradesman, not a warrior. He has changed jobs to better provide for his family. This family of his was evicted from their home and they struggle just to put food on the table. He has been placed in the position of leadership, even though he is full of doubt and fear. Now, out of his comfort zone, he has had a huge blow to his new work position as they went from an army of 32,000 to and an army of 300. Nothing else can get any worse.
Oh, wait. That’s right. They have no weapons. God has ordered him to move into battle with only 300 men and no weapons! Talk about a faith exercise!
I don’t know about you but if I were Gideon I would be calling the foul play right about now! LOL. The Lord has already turned his world completely upside down. What more could he want from Gideon? He must have felt so broken. How was his family going to survive? They were back home, unaware of what was about to happen. Completely torn apart in spirit he has no other option but to move forward into battle with 300 unarmed.
Are You Like Gideon?
Are your debts too great to even count? Are you being forced to leave your home, your family, your job? Maybe you work long hours and yet you are not sure if there will be enough money to buy food at the end of the week, just so you can feed your family. Do you watch your bank account closely, as Gideon watched his army, hoping there will be enough? Do you know each dollar by name and cry is despair as you see the number shrink is Are your debts too great to even count? Are you being forced to leave your home, your family, your job? Maybe you work long hours and yet you are not sure if there will be enough money to buy food at the end of the week, just so you can feed your family. Do you watch your bank account closely, as Gideon watched his army, hoping there will be enough? Do you know each dollar by name and cry is despair as you see the number shrink is size? It may seem as if God is taking away thing away from you before the battle even begins. I know it seems impossible but God is able if you are willing to just have faith in following him. Keep marching!
Do You Feel Broken?
Beauty & The Broken is a life changing devotional written by Lauren Buckner. If you feel overwhelmed by the path that life has taken you down then Beauty & The Broken may be the healing dose that you need to see value in yourself again.