Through God's Eyes
October 25, 2021
Yesterday in worship we took a look at the man we know as Gideon in the Old Testament. We see him introduced to us in the book of Judges, beginning in the 6th chapter. Once again the Israelites had done evil in the eyes of the LORD and once again cried out to Him for help to deliver them from their oppression to the Midianites and Amalekites. Let’s look at it beginning in verse 10—I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.” 11 The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah 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.”
Isn’t interesting how the writer makes the response of Gideon sound so nonchalant, like he spoke to the angel of the LORD every day. That, however, was not the case and Gideon would have been astounded and searching for words to say. What we are going to focus though, comes in the following dialog beginning with verse 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.”
I believe verse 15 can and has been true in many of our lives—“How in the world can I do anything for you Lord? I’m a nobody!” And so it goes in our lives, but this feeling of inadequacy is the time when God takes us by the hand and works through us to grow His Kingdom. We see this in the next verse as God begins His mighty work in a very weak, inexperienced person and turns him into one of the mightiest warriors in history—16 The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” Notice how God doesn’t say He’s going to make Him great, He only says He will be with Him. What God saw in Gideon was completely different than what Gideon saw in himself. Is that how we see ourselves? We need to take a look through His eyes and trust. Do you feel incompetent? Remember, all the glory belongs to God an He will supply.
From now through Thanksgiving, in these short blurbs, we are going to be looking at many different “Nobodies” in Scripture and how God desires to work through us to become a mighty warrior for Him. Yesterday we looked at how God sees us through His eyes and not those of the world…through these next few weeks we are going to see many of those God worked through to change the world…He desires too and will work through all of us who call Him Lord. Do we feel useless many times? Yes. So did Gideon. It’s so true—“I’m a Nobody in a Somebody World.” But that’s exactly where God will use us the most. And now, in this time and space, there’s an urgency to share His Good News…let’s get at it.
In Christ<>< Pastor Rick