The Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty Hero, the Lord is with you!”
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”
Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the Lord speaking to me. Don’t go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.” He answered, “I will stay here until you return.” Then the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with power. He blew a ram’s horn as a call to arms, and the men of the clan of Abiezer came to him.
Judges 6:12, 14, 17-18, 34
New Year – Same God
Today you will see certain verses from Judges 6 about Gideon. The first words to Gideon from the Angel of the Lord are, “Mighty Hero, the Lord is with you!” Then the Lord tells him to go with the strength he has, to rescue Israel from the Midianites and that the Lord is sending him. Gideon asks for a sign that the Lord is really speaking to him, but my favorite part is he wants to bring the Lord an offering. God used Gideon because Gideon knew God. Verse 34 says, “Then the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with Power…” Yes, later in the story we see that Gideon asks God to show him two signs of the fleece being wet and then dry. The Lord knew Gideon’s heart. He didn’t become angry with him. He actually moved Gideon to a deeper place of trust in Him by taking his huge army down to 10,000 men and then 300. Are you seeing the process of what God did from the beginning? He called Gideon a Mighty Hero. He told him He was with him. He tells him to go in the strength he has, what to do for his mission and that the Lord is sending him. Gideon asks God for a sign, but he brings God an offering. Then the Spirit of the Lord clothes Gideon with power. His army is reduced to 300 and Gideon has to fully trust God to defeat the Midianites. God knew Gideon’s heart. Yes it was a process for Gideon to see God was speaking to Him, but God was patient with him. What is God asking you to do for Him? Sit with Him today and let Him tell you He is with you, He has given you His strength to go and that you are clothed with the power of the Spirit of the Lord. Give Him your offering and watch what He does with it! It’s a new year, but He’s the Same God.