Read Judges 6:1-40
We don’t know how he made it to this point. Somehow Gideon managed to keep his wheat crop alive and away from the ruin of the Midianites. So when the time came for him to thresh what he had kept hidden from the enemy, Gideon took every possible precaution. That’s why, when we find Gideon, he’s lying low in a winepress with a bunch of wheat rather than celebrating the harvest on the threshing floor. Gideon was hiding out in a pit cracking wheat berries out of stalks for fear that he might be caught by the enemy.
Picture him there in the winepress, fearful and anxious, when all of the sudden he hears, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
Gulp. Shots of adrenaline pulse through his veins, not just at the sight of the LORD’s angel. The words themselves bring a certain anxiety of their own.
If we take a step back and look into that winepress, we see a scared little boy hiding from a big bad bully. We see Gideon, a helpless victim run off by the big bad wolf called Midian. But God saw something much different. He saw a mighty warrior. In fact, He didn’t just see it. He spoke it.
Gideon hones in on the other words spoken and asks “um, excuse me, sir, but . . . “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? (He) . . . put us (here).”
I wonder if he wanted to add “and what’s this ‘Mighty warrior’ talk?!? Surely, you aren’t talking about me.”
Then God says something utterly amazing to this scared little boy all curled up in a winepress.
“Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
Instead of defending His unending love for His people and inundating Gideon with His absolutely justified reasons for allowing this oppression, God in His infinite wisdom and grace bestows on Gideon the truth that He sees. It’s truth which, for us, can only be seen through eyes of faith.
“I am with you, Gideon. Therefore, you are a mighty warrior, full of strength.”
God’s spoken word moves Gideon from helpless victim hiding out in a pit to valiant soldier tearing down false gods (vv 25-29) and conquering enemies in the name of God Almighty (Judges 7). Because Gideon trusted what God said.
The same is true for us today. Just like with Gideon, God’s Word can move us out of a pit and into true freedom. True living. If we will choose to trust what He sees. Why not start today to see with eyes of faith?