First John 4:1 reads, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” John continues with a litmus test for professing believers. Discernment is an essential part of the Christian life. Not everything that seems like it is from God is actually from Him. We must be hyper-vigilant to be on guard for our faith and the faith of our families. Gideon was such a man that wanted to be sure it was God helping Him. God wanted to raise Gideon up as a judge. Gideon, however, wanted to be sure it was the Lord calling Him and not something else.
Read Judges 6:1-7:25
What are you doing for the Lord by His grace? Are you sure it is for the Lord and not something for yourself or another? It is important to examine ourselves to make sure we “beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Eph. 4:1). We can become drawn away from our initial calling and trapped in sin. However, the Lord can help us keep our focus and commitment to the calling on our life. By His grace, we can be sure of our identity and work.
An essential piece of Gideon’s story is that God does look on our ability and think, “They don’t have the right stuff.” The cliche motto is “God does not call the equipped, but equips the called.” God wants faithfulness. He will take care of the rest. It doesn’t matter if you are weak or outnumbered. If we are faithful to the Lord, He will perform miracles. In fact, that is his counter to human wisdom. When reasoning says that something is impossible, God makes it possible. Whatever the Lord has called you to do, He will accomplish it through you if you are faithful to Him.