Focal Passages: Judges 6:11-16, 25-32
Michael Oher became nationally known following the debut of the movie “The Blind Side.” The teenage Oher was encouraged to play football, where he initially proved to be a very large but very timid warrior. He did not want to hurt his teammates or anyone else.
Another issue perplexing the young Oher was family. If he accepted the very generous offer of the Tuohy family, would he be betraying his race and friends? Still later, after he had proven to be a mighty warrior on the high school gridiron, he wrestled with the decision of what major university to play for.
Would his decision be to please the Tuohys, himself, or both?
Likewise, when the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon as he was trying to protect his family’s wheat crop from the Midianites, Gideon was identified as “mighty warrior.”
Gideon responded, “Who me? You must have the wrong guy. I’m the last person you should choose” (v. 15).
Then the Lord tasked Gideon to do something that would take real guts and real faith. He was commissioned to tear down the altars of Baal and Asherah (Gideon’s name means to “hack or cut down.”)
But these particular objects were not the idols of a foreign enemy or a benign neighbor. These altars belonged to his father. And while Gideon could understand that his father was wrong to have erected and worshiped these false gods, he knew there would likely be severe consequences for himself if he obeyed God.
He could lose his life.
In fact, Gideon was so petrified by the thought of obeying God that he demolished his father’s altars at night when no one could see his actions. The next day was reckoning day.
Fortunately for Gideon, his father loved him more than the idols and declared that if Baal and Asherah have power, let them punish Gideon.
The jump from “timid” to “mighty” comes when God’s children have the courage to risk an uncertain future for a certain God.