Again we read. Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and God handed them over to the MIDIANITES.
So cruel were these people that Israel hid from them in mountains, caves, and strongholds. They had stripped bare the land of everything that sustained Israel.
They rode Camels! They would ride sixty miles a day, and they could carry away an enormous amount of produce away over 200 miles.
A SPIRITUAL INNER CHANGE IN GIDEON.
Through the visit of an Angel from God, Gideon had now been convinced that God was faithful, THE TRUE GOD OF ISRAEL.
Note verse 24 of this chapter that at the command of God, Gideon built an Altar there unto the Lord.
He called it ..” JEHOVAH SHALOM,” which means,
THE LORD “MY PEACE.” He now is experiencing “THE PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING.” Phil 4:6,7.
THIS ALTAR is an OUTWARD symbol of an INWARD transaction between God and man.
This Altar means that Gideon had turned his back on false gods and became a worshipper of,
THE ONE TRUE GOD. Upon giving HIS WILL OVER TO GOD, he now becomes.
FULLY CONSECRATED TO HIM.
He no longer argues with GOD.
Now God commands him to,
“Throw down the Altar of Baal.”
Wreaking this altar was to counter the popular religion that had caused the people to err.
For Gideon, this was
BUT GIDEON DID IT!
Now Gideon is controlled by the HOLY SPIRIT, and GOD’S transforming power is working through him.
People flocked to him. Read further, and you will see the marvelous victory won over Midian and the freeing of Israel from their enemies, yoke.
Gideon needed a sign to confirm that God was calling him to deliver Israel from the MIDIANITES.
This sign was not a tempting of God’s power to save Israel. Instead, it was a sign that God would deliver through ‘him.’
The Lord shows him through a fleece. See Chapter 6:39-40.
Maybe you feel as Gideon once did and have concluded that your faith is weak and your personality is bland. Do people use you and walk all over you? Finally, God could never use you.
As GIDEON, you can be.
CHANGED BY GOD! You need to put your trust in the Lord Jesus. The WARRIOR KING! who can change your life and, in HIS NAME, conquer all the evil powers that come against you.
BE CONTROLLED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!
Now ask the Holy Spirit to baptize you in His.
PERSON, POWER, and .. PRESENCE.
Then His PEACE WILL RULE YOUR HEART!
CONSECRATE YOURSELF WITH GOD!
By handing your will over to His WILL!
Then this Promise is For YOU!
“FAITHFUL IS HE THAT CALLED YOU AND.
HE WILL ALSO DO IT!”