Fear is an inevitable part of life. Fears are real, natural, and may often leave us feeling unsettled and insecure, doubting our self-worth and be in constant worry about the future.
Continue reading to find out how this seemingly least and youngest in the family rose up with God to win a battle!
In Judges 6:15, Gideon expressed his struggles and fears to God –
But he said to Him, “O Lord, how am I to save Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.”
He admitted those fears, and turned to God for courage. He did not rely on his own strength, or try to drum up his own courage.
Despite his fears and struggles, God still always reassured Gideon –
Yet the Lord said to him, “I will certainly be with you, and you will defeat Midian as one man.” (Judges 6:16)
And He said, “I will remain until you return.” (Judges 6:18b)
But the Lord said to him, “Peace to you, do not be afraid; you shall not die.” (Judges 6:23)
Read through Judges 6-8.
Gideon had a choice to make, and he chose to focus on God, to obey God, and overcome his fears by depending on God's strength instead of his own.
Even if he looked foolish when he reduced his army to only 300 men (Judges 7:19).
In the end, Gideon was given victory!
Instead of focusing on the fear he had of his enemies, he focused on the trust He had in God.
Fear loses its power when we actively trust God more than what we fear.
Some questions for you to ponder on today:
1. Are there any fears that are paralysing your faith and keeping you from being brave?
2. What is keeping you from surrendering those fears to God today?