The Gideon Way

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When you make a film you never have enough money or time. That goes for low budget films and even those big $250 million dollar blockbusters; the directors of those juggernauts say the same thing.

In life it's no different, we never seem to have enough of time or money and even when we get more of it it seems like we suddenly still have less of it.

We strive to have enough, to be ‘set,’ to have all our ducks in a row – what ever that means.

But what's funny is that even when you think you are ‘set’ things can unravel.

Being comfortable isn’t Gods purpose for your life.

When Gideon was approached by God for a task, he already felt under-equipped and certainly didn’t feel like he was ‘set’ and ready to go. In fact he felt he was the runt of the litter of the weakest family.

Gideon said to him, “Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter.”
Judges 6:15

But God didn’t see Gideon like this, God didn’t see Gideon the way he viewed himself with all his weakness and flaws He saw him as a MIGHTY WARRIOR!

One day the angel of God came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, whose son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the Midianites. The angel of God appeared to him and said, “God is with you, O mighty warrior!”
Judges 6:11-12

But Gideon didn't only lack faith in his own abilities. He also didn't trust in God's.

Gideon replied, “With me, my master? If God is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all the miracle-wonders our parents and grandparents told us about, telling us, ‘Didn’t God deliver us from Egypt?’ The fact is, God has nothing to do with us—he has turned us over to Midian.”
Judges 7:13

Be honest; have you ever felt like this? I know I have. Gideon was being honest, and calling it like he saw it.

For Gideon, the days of miracles were now old stories, gathering dust and not relevant today. Gideon looked back and not forward, he looked at all the failures and the things that didn’t work out, the business he set up that went bust, the jobs he didn’t get, the relationships that fell apart, the dreams that seemed to never happen. He lived his life in the rear view mirror; it’s a comfortable spot, its safe… but as we know, God isn’t about your comfort.

God tells us to GO!

I like the expression, ‘there is no down time, there is no free time there is no killing time, there is only LIFE TIME.’

God is telling us to do things all the time, but we are always waiting to make sure we are all ‘set’ and got it all sorted before we take a step forward. But that’s not how God rolls. He says, "GO and use what you got…no matter how little it seems."

But God faced him directly: “Go in this strength that is yours. Save Israel from Midian. Haven’t I just sent you?” God said to him, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.”
Judges 6:14, 16

So in order to move forward, Gideon had to forget the past, change his mindset of how he saw himself and TRUST God again.

Perhaps there is something God is calling you to, which you feel totally unprepared for. Why not decide to trust Him- take a step, and see what He can do with the little you have to give him.