Read Judges 6:1-7:25
We don’t know how he made it to this point. Somehow Gideon had 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.
And so we find Gideon lying low in a wine press at harvest time rather than celebrating the harvest on the threshing floor. He was hiding out in a pit, cracking wheat berries out of stalks for fear that he might be caught by the enemy.
There in the wine press, fearful and anxious, Gideon heard seven words he could not believe.
The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.
Gulp. Shots of adrenaline likely pulsed through his veins, not just at the sight of the Lord’s angel, but at the words themselves.
If we take a step back and look into that wine press, we see a scared little boy hiding from a big bully. 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 honed in on the other words he’d heard, though, and asked something like 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 please don’t call me a mighty warrior! I am anything but a might warrior!
Then God said something utterly amazing to this scared little boy all curled up in a wine press.
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, bestowed on Gideon the truth He knew. It was a truth that transformed Gideon and changed his life course from then on.
I am with you, Gideon.
Therefore, you are a mighty warrior, full of strength.
God’s spoken word remade Gideon from helpless victim to valiant soldier. He went on to tear down false gods (vv 25-29) and conquer enemies in the Name of God Almighty (Judges 7).
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. His truth transforms us. His way makes us new.