Called to Follow – Judges 6:34-35

“But the Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they too were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they went up to meet him.” Judges 6:34-35

Reading through this passage this morning, I wondered at this action of the other Israelites to follow Gideon. When the angel of the LORD first appeared to Gideon, greeting him as a “mighty man of valor,” he questioned God’s choice of him as one to lead. “Please, LORD, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15).

Though cautious, Gideon does rise to the calling of the Lord. In the verses above, he obeys to the point of sending messengers to other tribes, asking them to follow him into battle against their oppressors. This is what strikes me. This man, whose clan is the weakest in Manasseh and who himself is the least in his father’s house—essentially the weakest of the weak—is calling others to follow him. And they come in force.

What is being impressed on my heart today is this: when God calls us to a certain path, He is faithful to work out the details. We need only to listen for His voice and take each step in obedience. He will guide us in the way that He chooses. The way that will bring Him great glory and accomplish His every purpose. And if His success depends on other people showing up, our God will already have been at work in the hearts and lives of those He has chosen to fill those roles. He will cause His name to be great. He will clothe us with the Spirit of the Lord, strengthen us for every task, lead us in the way we should go, assure us of His steadfastness and the greatness of His power, and provide everything and everyone needed to accomplish His perfect purposes in our lives.

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