At the moment God called Gideon a “mighty warrior” and chose him to lead the Israelites into battle against a vast and powerful army, Gideon was hiding—trying to thresh the family wheat in a wine press so that he wouldn’t be seen and attacked by the enemy. Gideon was the youngest member of the weakest tribe in Israel.
Gideon—the young, fearful, wouldn’t-be warrior—wasn’t the type of leader we would expect. He was physically, mentally, and spiritually weak. But God didn’t choose Gideon in spite of his weakness. God chose him because of it. Looking at Gideon’s story in Judges 7:1-12, we actually get the sense that God delights in our weakness. But God does not use our weakness to then make us strong. God uses our weakness to show God’s own strength. Gideon’s story is also an example of the tragedies that can happen when God’s anointing on us makes us overly confident in our own abilities.
Listen in as we learn how we can prepare to trust God and delight in his faithfulness when we need it most.