Gideon is an interesting character and there is much debate as to whether he possessed the character of being poor in spirit or if he lacked faith when he was called. I believe he was poor in spirit because: (1) he was specifically chosen by God who tends to choose people with character, or shapeable character; (2) he appeared to be truly humble; and (3) he is listed amongst the people of faith in Hebrews 11:32.
Let us look now at Gideon’s heavenly encounter:
And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” (Judges 6:12-13, NKJV)
The Angel of the LORD appeared to him. When God appears to man to give him a call the man chosen is a man of character. In the eyes of the Lord He sees the chosen man in his future state. There is always work to be done in our lives this side of heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 2:11 and 13:20-21; 2 Corinthians 13:9-11; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 4:12; and James 1:4), but comprehend that God uses those He knows will accept His empowerment and guidance. The bottom line is the Lord calls those He desires for the task. He both chooses and empowers, but He uses the useable. Gideon was such a man, and God will prove it. When we need reassurance that the call is meant for us wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14 and 37:9, 34; and Isaiah 30:18 and 40:31) because He will reassure us with His Presence (Exodus 33:15; and Psalm 16:11, 31:20, 51:11, and 140:13) and with His Word (Psalm 18:30, 30:5, and 33:4, 6).
The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor. Gideon was not a warrior; he worked with the fruit of the vine and was in hiding from the enemy Midianites while he was threshing the grapes (Judges 6:11). Gideon was unproven in battle, but proven by God for the task he was called to – becoming the deliverer of Israel. Gideon had all he needed to be successful. His character made him useable. Having the LORD with him assured his success (1 Chronicles 22:18 and Hebrews 13:5).
Why is this happening to us? Where are the miracles? Gideon proves that he was just like you and me with these types of questions. We often get confused by our circumstances and question God with what is happening. Circumstances are often that way, and that is why we follow the Lord and not let circumstances dictate our movements. We need to learn to respond, not react. Gideon’s circumstances said “Hide from the enemy and thresh the grapes.” The LORD’s call to Gideon was to go into battle and be victorious against his enemies. We cannot be directed by circumstances, though we often fall onto that path. There is an easier way: we become poor in spirit and allow God to give us the victories we need in our lives. Where are the miracles? They are out there waiting for you to get out of your own way and stop directing your own life by following circumstances instead of God’s will. Submit to the Holy Spirit and live the called life like Gideon was called to. Mighty man or woman of valor you have been called (1 Corinthians 15:55) – now live it!
We all have been called by God to function in the Body of Christ for His glory. Seek the Father’s heart and submit to His plan. It is rather simple to follow after receiving His marching orders. He will handle the character development if you submit to the Holy Spirit. Pray today for the empowerment to hear, submit, and follow. You are a mighty man or woman of valor!