“Now all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East came together, and they crossed the Jordan and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel. But the Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him.” Judges 6:33-34
“The Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon.” What an amazing statement. It’s a picture of such power. It gives the sense that Gideon can do anything, that nothing can happen to him that the Spirit of God does not allow. The Spirit clothes him, bringing protection and strength and confidence in the might of God that is with him.
But isn’t this us? This same Spirit dwells in those who have taken refuge in Christ. “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1:13). We are sealed with the Spirit of God. He dwells within us. We are temples of the Living God (1 Corinthians 6:19). He is our Sun and our Shield (Psalm 84:11). We can trust in the same power, ability, protection, that Gideon had in this moment. When God leads us, His might is with us. Why doesn’t my life reflect this as it should?
Clearly Gideon demonstrated the same hesitancy, the same doubts we battle. The Spirit of the LORD had clothed him. There must have been evidence of the change. It was enough to compel him to sound the trumpet and call out for others to follow him. Yet in the next few verses, he begins to test God, asking for signs to show that the Lord will be faithful to what He said. Just to make absolutely sure he’s not crazy and God is truly with him.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” (Ephesians 6:10). “Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness…To whom then will you compare Me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of His might, and because He is strong in power not one is missing” (Isaiah 40:21-23, 25-26).
This is the God who stands with us. The God whose Spirit clothes us and dwells within us. The God who chooses us. The God who saves us. The God who keeps us forever. He comes into our lives with absolute power and authority, showing us extravagant grace and unending faithfulness. Knowing this, let us sound the trumpet and follow His leading with unwavering faith that our God is with us. Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. We stand in the strength of the One who will not fail.