Judges 6:11-27 (NIV)

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 “But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and put 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 “But Lord, ” Gideon asked, “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 together.” 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.” 19 Gideon went in, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.  20 The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21 With the tip of the staff that was in his hand, the angel of the LORD touched the meat and the unleavened bread. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the LORD disappeared. 22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, “Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!”  23 But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”  24 So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 25 That same night the LORD said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of altar to the LORD your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering. 27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the men of the town, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.

Judges 6:12 (NIV)

12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”   

DEVOTION: Rebecca Seaton (Tennessee)

Years ago, I felt God’s call to work as a children’s minister in a large church.  But all I could see were my inadequacies for such a task.  After resisting the call and asking God for a sign, I soon discovered that as I yielded to and depended on the Lord, I was given the ability.

In myself, If I am inadequate, but I trust that God will not lead me to complete a task without also giving me the ability to accomplish it.  With this in mind, I followed God’s call and service in children’s ministry for 13 years.  Seeing the lives of children changed was rewarding.  to this day, I periodically hear from some of them – requesting prayers or financial support as they serve as missionaries, pastors, or even children’s ministers.

I see similarities between my experience and the story of Gideon.  God called Gideon a “mighty warrior” long before Gideon saw himself capable of carrying out the task God required of him.  I want to be like Gideon. trusting that no task is too great because our God equips us to accomplish the tasks we are called to do.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When God calls us to a task, God equips us to accomplish it. 

PRAYER: Dear God, help us to follow your leading and to trust that you will give us what we need for the tasks you call us to do.  Amen.