All hope was lost.
For seven years, the town of Arepo had been under siege from the neighboring villages. The people of Midianí, Alekiti and Dodo would invade their farms, destroy their crops, cart away all their domestic livestock and leave the village a wasteland. They didn’t have an army strong enough to face these three villages in battle. The people become helpless and fled their homes to hide in the surrounding caves and mountains. There was no safe place. In the darkness of the caves, they would gnash their teeth, crying out loud; we have strayed from the ways of our fathers and this is why this has befallen us. They knew they had to turn from their wicked ways and retrace their steps.
One sunny afternoon, Gido was harvesting maize and pepper from a farm that had been well hidden from the enemy camp. Whistling with sweat pouring from his forehead, he didn’t notice the shadow that fell over him from behind. He heard the clearing of throat and turned. With jaws slack, he dropped his hoe and stared at the wonder before him.
The man was dressed in fine clothes, none like could be found far and wide. He had the darkest skin Gido had ever seen and it shone with richness in the sun. His hair was snow white, falling across his shoulders in well weaved locks. Two piercing eyes that looked like dancing flames stared back at him. Strangely, there was no fear in Gido as the stranger had an aura of peace all around him.
“The Lord is with you, brave and mighty man!” said the strange man.
Gido came out of his trance and laughed, holding his belly.
“The Lord?” He shook his head. “If he is with us, then I pray thee, tell me why all these have befallen us?”
The stranger smiled and for a moment, Gido felt he saw a twinkle in his eyes.
“I am sending you to rescue your people from the hands of their oppressors.” He said, side stepping his question.
Gido raised his eyebrow and looked at the man. “Do you know who it is you are talking to?” He waited for a response and none came. “I am the least important person in my family. Moreover, we are from the weakest clan in the entire village.” Gido picked up his hoe to continue harvesting. “I think you came to the wrong person.”
The stranger’s smile didn’t leave his face.
“Didn’t you hear a thing I said? Maybe you should visit the Abiza clan. They have the strongest warriors Arepo can boast of. And even them dare not face the vast armies that awaits us should we choose to go to battle.”
The stranger took a step towards Gido and placed his hand on his shoulder.
“You can do it because I will help you.”
Gido at that moment felt a surge of energy through his bones. He was clothed with full confidence and had no doubt in his heart this man held the answers to all their problems.
There is a particular thing God had placed in my heart for some number of years and every time He asks why I wasn’t doing anything about it, I would give the usual excuses.
“I don’t think I’m ready. I’m not good enough. I don’t feel qualified for this assignment.”
This morning on my way from church, He placed that burden in my heart again and the moment I said “God, I still don’t feel qualified”, He responded with, “I don’t call the qualified. I qualify the called”. I kept repeating that phrase in my spirit and he drew my attention to the story of Gideon I had studied a couple of days ago.
Judges 6:15-16a says, “Gideon replied, ‘But Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh, and I’m the least important member of my family.’ The Lord answered, ‘You can do it because I will help you.’”
And then it hit me! Of course Gideon wasn’t qualified. He was no army commander yet he went on to defeat three large armies with just 300 men! Talk about spectacular.
I don’t know what is before you that has you feeling unqualified or under-qualified but I want you to know this, the Lord is willing and able to help you. But you have to also be willing to ask for His help and accept it when it comes because I’ve come to realize that we live in a time where people would rather struggle and struggle on their own rather than ask for help, saving their time and doubling their results. Yes, men can be unpredictable and would maybe rub it in your face or go on to sing about how they’ve helped you but there’s one person you can always count on and that’s God.
It’s as simple as having a conversation with God, acknowledging that first of all, He’s the one who has placed that thing in your hand. And if God can’t fail, you definitely can’t fail. Then you go on to say His words to him. The Bible makes us to understand that God honors His word above His name.
So, quote the scriptures back to Him and hold Him on His promises.
Psalm 91:15a says, “When they call to me, I will answer them.”
There are many other scriptures scattered across the Bible about God being our help. It is as simple as pouring out your heart in conversation to God.
I’d really encourage you to read Judges 6-8 to have a full grasp of the story of Gideon. And I hope this encourages someone out there and spurs them into action. And keep at the back of your mind, that you don’t have to be qualified. He will qualify you.
All scriptures taken from the Good News Bible. All images from google.