"Pardon me, my lord," Gideon replied, "but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." - Judges 6:15 (NIV)
In Hebrews 11, we find the "Hallowed Hall of Faith," a listing of God's spiritual superheroes.
Along with people like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Samuel, Moses, Samson, and David, the name Gideon is found.
On the surface, Gideon appears to be one of the least likely superheroes in the entire Bible. The circumstances in which he found himself didn't improve his likelihood for greatness. When first introduced in the Bible, he is threshing wheat in a hidden place so the Midianites wouldn't find him. He had a poor self-image, as he referred to himself as "the least in my father's home." God, however, hailed Gideon as He saw him, "The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor."
When God calls you, remember that He sees you as you are, not as you think you are. The task for which God chose Gideon was far beyond anything that Gideon thought he could do, but God knew better. That is what you need to remember when God calls you - He is not concerned with what you think you can do, but what He knows you can do! The person God chooses when He calls you is not the one you see in the mirror, but the one He sees through the eyes of His omniscience!
While God greatly used these individuals, it wasn't because they were strong and without faults. Their weakness was turned to strength. God loves to use ordinary people like Gideon to accomplish extraordinary things. That means He wants people like you and me.
Join us on Sunday as we look at how Gideon's life became an "incredible" life when he allowed God to use his gifts to accomplish God's will.