“Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why is all this befallen us? And where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
The answer is found in the first things the Lord asked him to do.
“Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.” Judges 6:25-26
It would seem Gideon did not understand that the source of the troubles he, his family, and the nation were facing was a product of the things they idolized, fantasized, and dedicated to things that were not of, for, or to Jehovah God.
The Angel did not come out and tell him why the trouble came. We can deduce the source because Gideon’s actions in obedience undid the sin in HIS family. When Gideon did what was RIGHT for HIS family, he became a part of the miracle in His Nation.
Don’t fall prey to the criticism that has advice of action on what everyone else should do. You must find YOUR solution and take personal responsibility for yourself and your situation. Beware when your heart tries to blame everyone else and requires others to take action while you sit around and inspect. Wrong.
Rebel against the iniquity of your own heart, home, and family. This act will bring renewal, revival, and victory!
Look what happened; his father got a revelation about Gideon and gave him a new name.
“Therefore, on that day, he called him Jerubbaal,”
His father knew this is real, and my boy has become not just my son, but a son of God… who is contending for Jehovah God.
The Angel revealed Gideon’s potential reality, Mighty Man of Valor.
His father had a revelation about Gideon, He who contends with Baal.
The enemy’s revelation, “The sword of Gideon, ” would bring victory for the people of God and defeat for them, the enemies.
When Gideon gave directions, he told those three hundred men, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.
Gideon understood God’s sword is my sword.
That revelation became the cry of the army of Isreal, and great victory followed.
I believe the answer to the dilemma in our world begins at home.
Your home. My home.
When Gideon obeyed the Word of the Lord to deal with the idolatry in his own home, God brought a revelation about himself, Gideon to his family and, through them, His community.
There is a solution to your dilemma.
You may feel small and insignificant like Gideon. However, God loves insignificant people and uses them greatly in His Kingdom. The smaller you are, the more fantastic work God can do through you. Embrace your insignificance; you have a greater capacity for God to be glorified when a great victory comes.