Summary: OUR ROLE IN GOD’S DELIVERANCE STORY IS DEFINED BY HIM TO BE DISCOVERED BY US.
Gideon: Warrior in Hiding
Bob Hudson Missionary to Honduras shares this story of his call.
Discharged from the Army in 1956, I became a Christian, was married, bought part of the family farm, and began pursuing my dream of building Indiana’s greatest hog operation. Since I had an accounting degree, I took a job with a local industry and was soon made assistant controller. Meanwhile the hog project was thriving.
But the Lord’s conviction was on me to submit my vocation to him. Like Gideon, I told God, "You’ll need to give me a sign. I have these 80 sows. If none of them has babies, I’ll believe you have other work for me." In a few weeks the veterinarian confirmed the obvious: my boars were all sterile.
About then, an item in the World Gospel Mission magazine announced its need of an accountant. I applied--and worked there for 25 years. A couple of years before I retired as treasurer, a Honduras missionary asked if I’d help them start a hog operation.
My first reaction? "Lord, you must be kidding!" But we moved to Honduras in 1999. And today we have the operation of my dreams with four beautiful buildings and a great vocational training program for 25 young men.
In Kingdom advancement God reserves the right to do things his way
OUR ROLE IN GOD’S DELIVERANCE STORY IS DEFINED BY HIM TO BE DISCOVERED BY US.
I. The Story
A. The Scourge of the Midianite Hordes (6:1-6)
6:1 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites . 2 Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. 3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. 4 They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. 5 They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count the men and their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. 6 Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the LORD for help.
B. Divine Perspective (6:6-10)
7 When the Israelites cried to the LORD because of Midian, 8 he sent them a prophet, who said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 9 I snatched you from the power of Egypt and from the hand of all your oppressors. I drove them from before you and gave you their land. 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."
C. Gideon’s Call to Be a Deliverer (6:11-16)
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 (Called also Jerubbaal) 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."