I love the biblical story of Gideon. I identify so well with the man. Many people I know possess special gifts for leadership. Gideon did not have anything of the sort. Gideon was just a regular guy. I am not one of the classic “type A” personalities that most people look for in a leader. I am not a driver. I am full of fears and concerns for myself and others. I am often far too concerned about what others will think and fear acting alone. I am a Gideon.
I once visited Gideon’s stream, and it was there that I felt as if I could connect with him–where God pared back his army to an unthinkable low. At the beginning of Gideon’s story, we find him hiding in a winepress threshing wheat. This would have given Gideon a place to hide from the Midianites. His fear drove him into hiding. He was not the sort of guy who would have naturally confronted an enemy no matter if the odds were in his favor or not.
I fear confrontation and avoid it at all cost. In order to do what God wanted, Gideon had to learn to trust God. Thankfully God was merciful to Gideon and helped him start small. The test of overthrowing the statue of Baal in the village helped Gideon to learn to stand for what was right. God has done the same for me. Instead of throwing me at millions of Midianites, he gives me small challenges that I’ve learned to overcome prior to taking on the big challenges in my life. Ultimately God has given me strength to overcome each milestone. Here are a few applications that I’ve drawn from the life of Gideon: