How many of you out there have ever heard of the Midianites? They were a tribe of people who made a yearly event out of invading Israel, killing their people, and stealing their crops every time their crops came in. It was during one of these events that God chose a man by the name of Gideon to be the one to deliver Israel. However, when you take a look at Gideon he doesn’t really appear to be qualified to do what he’s going to do, but God picked him even though there was really no foreseen reason why. One day Gideon was hiding in the threshing room and God sent an angel to him. When the angel appeared to him, the angel calls him a “mighty man of valor.” However, I want to point out, when the angel came and spoke these words to him, Gideon was hiding, and the reason was because he was afraid of the enemy.
I want to give you Gideon’s response to the angel found in Judges 6:13, “Gideon said to Him, O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles, which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” I want you to notice; he asks, “where are all the miracles that you have told us about?” I couldn’t tell you the times that I used to think about that verse. I’ve found out that most people that are not engaged in doing what God says to do are asking that exact same question. Folks, Gideon didn’t see a sign until he began to move and once he started moving God was moving with him.