FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 12/6/2012
Thursday, December 06, 2012
GIDEON, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Thu, 12/6/2012
THE CALL OF GIDEON, Lesson 7b
v. 12 GIDEON’S COMMISSION
While Gideon was hiding from the enemy, the Lord knew exactly where Gideon was. This verse says, “The angel of the Lord appeared unto him”. This was no ordinary angel! In verse 13, the angel is called “Lord”.
When the Lord speaks to Gideon, He comes with words of hope and assurance.
God’s Promise – The “angel of the Lord” appears to Gideon and says, “The Lord is with thee”. What we have here is a “Theophany”. It is an appearance of God in a visible form to man. Literally, what you have here is a “Christophany”. This is one of many occasions in the Old Testament when Jesus appeared to individuals before He was born in Bethlehem.
Here is a brief list of some of those Old Testament appearances of the Lord Jesus Christ:
To Adam in Eden – (Gen. 3:8)
To Abraham at his tent door – (Gen. 18)
To Hagar in the wilderness – (Gen. 16)
He appeared to Jacob at the River Jabbok – (Gen. 32)
To Moses in the burning bush – (Ex. 3)
To Balaam – (Num. 22)
To Joshua at Jericho – (Josh. 5:13-15)
To the parents of Samson – (Judges 13)
The Midianites did not know where Gideon was hiding, but the Lord did! He had His eye on Gideon the whole time. Even when Gideon was unaware of it, God was with Him, watching him and planning for his future.
That truth should comfort our hearts as well. We have the same promise, (Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20). We have an even better promise, (John 14:17-18). Friend, the Lord is with you, in every situation, through every valley, across every mountain.
By the way, when the Lord says, “The Lord is with thee”, it literally means, “His power is on you.” Gideon could not see it, nor could he sense it, and it sure didn’t look like it, but he was about to be used of the Lord is a powerful way!
The same is true in our lives. If we ever grasp the truth that we are indwelt by the Spirit of God and that His limitless power is available to use, it would change our walk and it would change our lives!
God’s Perception – Then the Lord says something that is truly amazing. He looks at Gideon and calls him “a mighty man of valor”. Here is a man who is so afraid of the enemy that he is hiding behind a winepress threshing wheat. He is full of fear, but the Lord saw what Gideon would be when he got though with him. God intended to take Gideon and use him in a great way. The phrase the Lord used literally refers to “a man who is charging right into the face of the enemy.” It doesn’t make sense, but that is who the Lord saw when he looked at Gideon.
Did you know that the Lord knows you? He knows you far better than you even know yourself, (Psa. 139; Heb. 4:13). If you are like me, you often look at your life and see mistakes, failures and problems. You see a person who consistently fails to live up to God’s high calling on your life. You see a person who loses far more than he wins. You see a person who, from all appearances, is always coming up short.
What does God see? When Jesse looked at David, he saw his youngest son. He saw a mere boy who was not worthy to be called to a family meeting with Samuel. When God looked at David, He saw a king, (1 Sam. 16:12). When Gideon’s family looked at him, they saw a weakling. When the Lord looked at him, God saw a warrior.
You see, the Lord looks at the heart, (1 Sam. 16:7). He knows what we will be when He gets through with us. The best thing you can ever do is to take your life, with all its problems, its failures and its shortcomings and place all that in the hand of the Lord. He is able to take us like we are and transform us into something powerful and amazing by His power: Like, Saul of Tarsus; Simon Peter; and even You and me!
“Whispering Hope” By: Alice Hawthorn (1868)
1. Soft as the voice of an angel
Breathing a lesson unheard
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word
Wait till the darkness is over
Wait till the tempest is done
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow
After the shower is gone.
Oh, how welcome thy voice
Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice.
2. If, in the dusk of the twilight
Dim be the region afar
Will not the deepening darkness
Brighten the glimmering star?
Then when the night is upon us
Why should the heart sink away?
When the dark midnight is over
Watch for the breaking of day.
3. Hope, as an anchor so steadfast
Rends the dark veil for the soul
Whither the Master has entered
Robbing the grave of its goal
Come then, O come, glad fruition
Come to my sad weary heart
Come, O Thou blest hope of glory
Never, O never depart.
THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Comfort, God of Love! We know You are at work constantly on our behalf. And for this we are grateful. We know that we are negligent and even faithless some times. Please forgive us. But we know that in Your time, all things will work out for good, even in our failures and shortcomings, to those that Love You and Your Word; to those who have been called according to Your Eternal Purpose. You are powerful and an awesome God. We love YOU and we bow before Your throne of grace. This we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!
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