Today I was reminded of a story I have in my book, Discovering Your God-Given Vision, about a hero called: Gideon. In the book of Judges, chapter six, we read that Gideon finds himself threshing wheat in a winepress to protect it from the Medianites (Israel’s enemies) who would steal it from the Israelites every harvest time. Suddenly, an angel appeared to him and asked him to be the deliverer of his people. He was to act upon his own name. The meaning of his name was about to become his position – ‘valiant warrior’.
But his character did not quite match his name. He could not believe the call. He had no status in society and absolutely no help from anyone. Furthermore, he possessed no extraordinary abilities. Gideon was just an average man with a big name and a big God. Oh and another thing, he had a call; a dream – a God-given vision.
The vision was to save God’s people from the bondage of the Midianites. This was an impossible task to accomplish in one’s own strength. After God confirmed the call or the vision, Gideon went through with the calling for his life and got the job done. So what is God’s vision or call for your life?
When God gives us a vision, we often feel just like Gideon, don’t we? We become excited about the call but fearful about the task at hand. But just as God lead Gideon and directed his path, so is God overseeing and empowering you in your call.
During your vision pursuit, if you experience fear, then good! If insecurities bombard your mind, then great! You might think: “Are you crazy, Alex?” “You have told us before that fear is not of God” True, fear is not of God and no I’m not quite crazy either (though some may think otherwise). I may be out of my mind, but that’s because I’m in the mind of Christ.
Let me remind you that this is the place where God takes over. No longer is it your own strength, but His power. His “super” placed on your natural. His strength in spite of your weaknesses. Because when we are weak, He is made strong.
So go on! Move forward in the power of His might. Do not let the circumstances around you dictate your future. Do not cheat or short-change those who could benefit from your vision. Remember that God is on your side. You are a “Valiant Warrior” through the finished work of Christ. God believers in the vision or call He has placed in your life. Do you?