We all love a good underdog story. You know the kind - a person with low odds of succeeding actually succeeds.
Gideon is a bit of an underdog, an unlikely hero of sorts, one we read about in Judges 6-7.
When we first meet Gideon, he is beating wheat and feeling completely defeated by the Midianites (the nation in power over Israel at the time).
Upon hearing God's direction and call Gideon doubts God's presence, his own ability, and then his families heritage. Later on, Gideon asks God to prove himself by giving him signs. And even later, when God tells Gideon to send all the fearful men home we find out Gideon is still fearful. Imagine that - the leader is scared while the followers are not - God is hilarious!
At the end of the day, Gideon and his army of 300 men defeat the Midianites, a nation with as many camels as the sand on the seashore (I'm serious, check out Judges 7:12).
And so, what can we learn from Gideon's story:
1) God is with you
2)God will use whomever he wants
3) God will use weakness to show his strength
4) Welcome doubt - it gives God another area in your life to prove Himself faithful
4) Imperfection is God's breeding ground for perfection
5) God does not need us - He wants us and we need him
6) Discomfort is healthy and necessary for living life with God
As we(Church of the Ward) or any of us live our lives, we must keep the above truths from Gideon's story at the forefront of our minds. We may appear unlikely and be huge underdogs but that's exactly what God wants!