Step Out From The Cave
The story of Gideon described in Judges 6-8 is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. To cut a long story short – Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and they were delivered into the hands of the Midianites who oppressed them for seven years. God chose a man named Gideon, someone from the weakest clan and the least in his Father’s house, to deliver Israel from Midian. Israel witnessed an amazing and unlikely victory by 300 valiant men over the Midianites.
On Sunday we were privileged to hear from Ps Jeremy Rensford from Goulburn Valley Christian Fellowship, Shepparton. He encouraged us to step into the victory God has called us to – that even a little step forward is a step in the right direction in seeing the victory you are seeking.
At the start of our Gideon story we find the children of Israel hiding in dens, caves and strongholds which they had built for themselves in the mountains. Not a great place to be if you are expecting or hoping for victory over your enemies.
Then the Angel of the Lord appears to Gideon while he was threshing wheat in the winepress. A strange place to be threshing wheat but he was doing this in hiding, fearing that the Midianites would come and steal and destroy the produce.
The idea here is that whilst Gideon was still hiding, he had taken a small step out from the cave into the winepress…one step toward victory! Do you feel oppressed? Are you under attack? Is the enemy coming up against you and destroying things in your life?
Be encouraged. The Angel of the Lord found Gideon, He will find you too. You may not be called to lead a group into battle but you ARE called to be victorious. Will the Angel of the Lord find you hiding in a cave? Step out from the cave, from the place where you may be hiding. Make a positive move (step) out of the cave, even into the winepress, toward victory over whatever trial, suffering, situation or circumstance you are facing.
The Lord has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. Step out and enjoy the sunshine outside of the cave.