2016-05-12

It was here, working as a humble shepherd in the worst place ever, unsure of who he was anymore and with a feeling of being far from his calling (as a loser) when he finally came to know face to face the power and presence of the true God.

He had his excuses of course, but God is also the creator of perseverance. God himself insisted on Moses calling and assure him that if he kept his faith and believed, he, Moses will lead the people of Israel out of slavery. As a homework assignment, please read Exodus.

Gideon.

Gideon, a young man whose only thought was gathering food and hiding from the Midianites. We saw how Moses even questioned God’s motives, the what and why of his mission and calling, now read about Gideon. Do you see a pattern? Do you see men and women of God debating with the almighty why they’ve been called and what is the true purpose of their mission? It looks like most of them did. Even Jesus had his moment of truth (or doubt) at the Gethsemane. Do you know why men and women of God have their doubts and want to ask God for explanations and signs? Because God actually calls smart people; intelligent, wise people with their own point of view of the situation God is trying to change. Doubts and questions are not bad; God knows you have something you’ve been trying to ask him for a long time. The failure is in giving in to the doubts and getting defeated by our lack of insider’s (divine) information. You must persevere even if you don’t understand and that’s how we actually learn wisdom. You must know the information you need, but persevering will teach you how and when to apply it and this, my friend, is called wisdom.

God sees in you something beyond your own understanding of your skills, traits and talents. He is looking for Godly wisdom not a perfect GPA. By the way, I know very successful people with a below average GPA, and many of their employees have a perfect GPA. I could go further explaining why, but we’ll save that for another time.

Let’s read about Isaiah 6:18 (here I am, send me) antithesis. Read below Gideon’s response to God, because it sounds like: “Here I am not, can you send someone else?

Judges 6:11-18

1 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Oprah (Ophra!!!) that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 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?”

15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”

17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”

And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”

Long story short, God gave Gideon the signs he was asking for. Gideon finally decides to go against the Midianites, but God had to train him and teach him some organization and logistics along the way and this was probably the time when the Israelites created Krav-Maga. (You should see a Krav-Maga fight, I’m sure you will support my tongue in cheek theory).

After reading about Gideon, he definitely doesn’t strike me as the typical Israelite hero but, hey, who can debate with God and win? Guess who… you and I can. Gideon was a hero, a warrior in God’s heart just as you are. You can debate God about why you believe He is wrong and He may even concede some of your requests and changes to the calling, but you are still a hero and your time of victory will come if you believe him. I didn’t say, if you believe in him. I said, if you believe him. There is a difference between those 2 “believe”.

Peter.

When preachers describe the Apostle Peter, they speak of him as if he was a caveman. The caveman from the insurance ad looks smarter than Peter to some preachers, before the anointing of the Holy Spirit of course. But, I believe I can prove that Peter was actually a very smart, experienced, businessman.

The perception that the disciples were people without formal schooling was not from God, but from people who thought they knew them. They didn’t know them as well as Jesus knew them and we read before that He doesn’t call dumb people.

You may not have a college degree, or a ministry degree, but that doesn’t stop you from having other gifts. I’m pretty sure the gifts are there., I’m not sure however if you believe and know your talents and gifts are there.