I Choose You!- by Allan Kataba
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. When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." "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." 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?" "But Lord," Gideon asked, "How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together." Gideon replied, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 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." (NIV)
Israel was not very faithful to God. Regardless of Israel’s unfaithfulness, God continues to respond to their cry for help. God proves to be faithful even when they were not. God provides help through Gideon and when the angel appeared to him, the angel assured him that God was with him and he was a mighty warrior.
This statements puzzled his mind. First, if God was with them why were they suffering in the hands of the enemies. And the way Gideon is acting does not show that he is a warrior because he hides from the Midianites -- let alone being used by God. Gideon protested that he was not fit for the job, but God assures him and promises to be with him.
From this passage we can learn that God can choose anyone to work with. Even though we see ourselves as the opposite; God sees us as mighty men and women who are capable.
This week I urge you to search around you and in your heart and find what God wants you to do then get up and do it now! Be more concerned with what God thinks about, than what others think about.
You cannot make yourself perfect for God’s work. Believe in God when he calls you.