Do you remember the story of Gideon? Yeah, I know, Gideon, that’s the guy who places the Bibles in all the motels in America. Never seen but ever present. To refresh your memory, Gideon is the guy who, with 300 men defeated the armies of the Midianites and the Amelekites. The armies were as numerous as locusts and they were defeated by three hundred men without weapons. For Gideon and his 300 men to go against the army of the Midianites took incredible faith.
Gideon was the youngest son of Joash the Abiezerite. One day as he was beating out wheat, an angel of the LORD appeared to him saying “The LORD is with you O valiant warrior.” Because the people had been oppressed by the Midianites for the last seven years, Gideon questioned the angel, “If the LORD is with us, why has this happened to us?” Does that sound like Gideon had incredible faith? Then of course, Gideon asked for a sign. He got the sign (read Judges 6). I don’t see any great faith there!
Gideon’s first task was to destroy an alter of Baal and an Asherah which was beside it. Gideon’s next task was to deliver Israel from the Midianites and the Amelekites. Gideon’s response? “Give me a sign!” God gave him the requested sign, so Gideon rushed out to destroy the Midianites. Actually what Gideon did was to request another sign. God gave Gideon the requested sign again.
My point is that God does not expect us to have blind faith. God gave us the nation of Israel to show that He is powerful and is faithful to keep His promises. He expects us to perform great deeds. Consider Matthew 28:19-20. Those deeds require great faith. He has given us the sign, He has given us the power. Our job now is to step out in faith.
Are you ready to obey God or do you need greater faith?