Judges 6:12-14 (NIV)
12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, I wonder if he was quaking in his sandals or wondering why he would be called a mighty warrior. Gideon considered himself the least of his family in the weakest clan in Manasseh. Certainly God doesn’t know what He is doing by choosing Gideon. Why wouldn’t God choose someone who is a stronger leader in a larger clan from the tribes of Israel? God knows where to find his servants and chooses who He wants. Remember David who was a shepherd boy? How about Saul or Benjamin? In the human point of view, we tend to look at the person who is charismatic or who is well educated or has proven experience in accomplishing the job. From a Human Resources perspective, it would not make sense for the HR Manager to choose a candidate without screening and looking at the candidate’s character and potential to do the work.
The great news is God doesn’t look at our previous experience or our qualifications. He can work through us with His Holy Spirit. Gideon had doubts and asked God to ‘prove’ to him through some miracles that it is indeed the Lord who has chosen him to save Israel out of Midian’s hand. The Lord is patient with those whom he chooses and God did provide the proof to Gideon. After Gideon was convinced that God chose him, he was faithful and did what God sent him to do. God sent Gideon in the strength that he had with God leading and guiding the way. God has chosen me to do something with my life. Maybe not as prominent as saving a country, but there could be little things. It could be within my family, my neighbours, my Church. There will always be something to do and God can choose me to do the work. Am I a mighty warrior? If I have some weaknesses and demons in my life that I want to tackle, then I need to be a mighty warrior and start attacking.