Heb 11:32a And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon,…
The life of Gideon is related to us in Judges 6:11-8:35.
In the early part of Gideon’s ministry, the Lord commanded Gideon to tear down the altars that had been built to the false god Baal. Although Gideon knew that tearing down the idols of Baal would place his life in jeopardy, by faith, he obeyed the Lord and tore down the idols of Baal (Judges 6:24-27).
Later in his life, Gideon was called upon to lead the Israelite army of 300 against the Midianites and the Amalekites that are described as “like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude”.
The Israelite army, originally was 32,000 men strong. Before Gideon led them into battle the Lord instructed Gideon, through a weeding out process, to eliminate soldiers until only 300 remained. The Lord was insuring that everyone understood that, when the Israelites won, their victory had been gained by the Lord’s gracious intervention alone. (Judges 6:33-7:25).
In the life of Gideon, we have displayed how the Lord prepares each of us to take a great leap of faith in our service for Him. He prepares us for this great leap by incrementally leading us to take smaller steps of faith. In this way, He gradually builds our faith and submission to His commands. Although the faith needed by Gideon to destroy the altars of Baal was great, there is no doubt that it took a much stronger faith for him to lead an army of 300 against the vast, innumerable army of Midian.
We should never count anything the Lord calls us to do as a small ministry. Keep in mind two things. First, there is no such thing as a “small” ministry in God’s eyes. If we are faithful in whatever He asks of us, He is greatly pleased and much is being accomplished for His glory. Secondly, in many cases, a seemingly small ministry is what the Lord uses to prepare us for greater areas of service.
Simply be faithful to whatever the Lord has given you to do … He will take care of the rest.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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