You and I can stay stuck. Stay sidelined. Stay still in what we know OR we can allow ourselves to be called forward…
I love the story of Gideon, because it’s a story that highlights this beautiful reality that we follow a God who loves to call people forward…in a good way. He desires to lead people out of their typical hiding and past their hesitation points. Forward out of the shadows of their lives where they’ve become stuck or sidelined. We hide or hesitate because of fear or insecurity. In fact, fear and insecurity might be the twin torpedoes that the Enemy loves to fire at us, to sink us and keep us from following God forward.
God showed up and surprised Gideon with a call forward into a greater story. Into a partnership with Him and out of the shadows of isolation and overwhelmed submission to the oppression around him. Read Judges 6-7
Recently, I got to share a little bit about his story and some lessons we can glean from it. You can find that video or podcast here.
I’m reminded often from the Scriptures, that we serve a God who is always calling us forward to partner with Him.
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:10
In that process of following forward, we may though begin to experience a sense of being pulled backwards. A moment or season where He is stretching you, preparing you to move forward. Gideon sure felt that. (Judges 7:2-7)
The illustration that comes to mind: a slingshot can only propel anything forward after it’s first been stretched backwards. Often as God is calling you forward into new adventures, he will first stretch you backwards.
God stretches so we learn to stay dependent on him. Looking to him for the wisdom, power and provision needed to move forward with Him.
I don’t know what season this is for you in your life, but may you be surprised often by a God who loves to surprise you with new visions, by this God who loves to call his kids forward into new chapters with Him. God will stretch you in order to prepare you, but may you become more aware to the ways He longs to surprise you with His encouragement (Judges 7:8-15) along the way.
You and I have been called forward – with Him.
How has God stretched you or how might He be calling you forward to partner with Him?