Leadership Lessons from Gideon

Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the oak tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash had been threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!” “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, `The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”

Judges 6:11-14 (NLT)

If you complain about it, maybe God is calling you to do something about it.  If it drives you nuts and frustrates you to no end and you let God know about it, you may find yourself in a place where you are doing something about it.  This may be way out there, but follow me on this one.  Part of the key to discovering what you were created to do may be found in those things that frustrate you.  The kind of frustration I am talking about is the kind that gets to you because you can see a better way.  It maybe a better way of organizing people, releasing people into their gifting, or creating a system that streamlines the process.  For Gideon, his frustration was centered around the oppression of his people.  He knew this was not the way things should be.  He had heard the stories of old.  He knew of all the people God used mightily.  Hiding in the winepress, threshing the wheat quite possibly could have been his own effort to try and change things.  It was in this place where Gideon was called to remove the idolatry that lead the Israel astray and it was from this place that Israel was rescued.  So what’s frustrating you?


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