“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.”
Judges 6:11, NIV
Heroes come from some of the most unlikely places. They show up when least expected. Growing up, I loved Superman…the ordinary Clark Kent, who suddenly showed up to rescue the day. Most of us have grown up with superheroes. Unfortunately there are no superheroes to rescue our day, as they do in the comic strips and cartoons.
It would have been great to have a superman guide the airplanes, which hit the Trade Centers in 2001. Unfortunately it did not happen. What we did see on September 11, 2001 was a group of men and women, who rushed into burning, crumbling buildings to rescue thousands of lives. Some heroes made it out alive, some perished while trying to save others.
The story of Gideon is the story of a hero. God found this unlikely hero hiding out in the winepress. He was from an average, ordinary Jewish family. He himself acknowledged his family was the least of all. God loves to use unlikely heroes, although most of the time they are reluctant. Gideon was reluctant. (Judges 6:36-40)
When God calls on us, there are some basic principles that a biblical hero always exhibits. They have a humble spirit (Judges 6:15), availability to the call (Judges 6:17-18), obedience to God’s call (Judges 6:27), and courage (Judges 7:7-19), even though the odds seem impossible to us. When things are impossible, that is when God loves to use us the most. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
We can do far more than we ever thought possible when God is in it. God sees a mighty hero in us even when we do not. “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” (Judges 6:12)
QUESTION: What is it God has been calling you to do but you have been reluctant. Just do what God asks and let him determine who He chooses to be the hero. He does not ask us to be a hero, just to be obedient.