For the last couple of weeks, our pastor has been talking about Gideon. More than any of Israel’s other judges, Gideon captures my imagination the most. Perceiving himself as a nobody, the Angel of the Lord addressed him as a “valiant warrior.” I know that my response to this happening to me would have been to look around quickly and see who He was talking to. Seeing no one around, I would ask, “Are you talking to me?” Praise God that He always sees more of our potential than we could ever dream or imagine! So the question I really ought to be asking is what needs to happen for me to see myself as God sees me?
“So the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together to follow him.” – Judges 6:34
The Hebrew word translated as “came” in this verse is labash. It is pronounced as law·bash. Most of the time it is translated as “clothe.”
What a great word for the start of any day! This morning, I got up and selected the clothes I am wearing today. I took them out of a drawer and off a hangar in the closet. Prior to my putting them on, they were just there, doing nothing but hanging around waiting for me to put them on. It was not until I clothed my body with them that their purpose for existence was fulfilled.
Isn’t that just like the Holy Spirit? As a gentleman, God generally doesn’t force us to do anything. Instead, He waits for us to put Him on, to be clothed by Him and allow Him to take control. It isn’t until we are “clothed” by the Spirit that God’s purposes are fulfilled as we fill out the clothes He desires for us to wear.
Lately, I’ve had a lot on my plate. There appear to be many things that I need to do in next couple of days. My tendency when things start stacking up like this is to do one of two things. I either procrastinate or jump right into the tasks I need to complete after having my morning coffee. Regardless of which approach I take, something interesting always happens. My stack of stuff to do just gets higher. I accomplish very little. When the day is coming to a close and my wife asks at dinner what kind of a day I had, only then am I confronted with how little of real value I actually produced.
I think I see the problem now. I’ve been running around naked. I need to take a little bit of my own advice and never “touch the world until the Word has touched me.” It is easy to forget that God wants to clothe and empower me to do the things of real eternal value as opposed to simply slipping into pointless activity that He may not have any interest in at all.
So far so good. I’ve been more intentional about the time I invest with Him the last two days. The result has been that I’m seeing things more from His perspective. Some really neat things are coming together and I’m beginning to see again the possibilities that only He offers, the things that only He can give, and the dreams only He instills. So far, It’s been a great week. Maybe I am a valiant warrior?
As part of my attitude adjustment, the Lord had someone send this to me today. I thought I would share it with you.