11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not theLord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.
18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.
19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.
20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
21 Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.
22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.
23 And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
God had quite a job for Gideon. He told Gideon " Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?" Like our God does, He gave a seemingly impossible task to the most unlikely. Then He met each of Gideons weak objections with His promise of nearness. Then He showed Himself to Gideon despite the questions and doubts and the asking for proof.
Now when Gideon figured out that He had seen the angel of the Lord face to face, He was undoubtedly shaken. But the most amazing thing is God's response. He could of given Gideon anything to help him accomplish the task He had set out for him. He could of chosen courage, strength, determination or any other of things to give to Gideon...but He chose peace. He knew that peace trumps strength, it trumps courage, it trumps wisdom, and really maybe everything. God knew that in order for Gideon to accomplish the impossible, He had to give Him peace.
And did Gideon receive peace?...in immeasurable ways I believe. In order for him to build an alter and name it Jehovah Shalom, He must have been changed that day by peace. It must of come in and invaded every corner of his heart and soul in a way that made him name that alter after His Jehovah Shalom. I would of liked to see the change that came over him that day. From that day forward, He became the mighty man of God that God asked him to become. Simply put, God gave him a task...granted him peace...and Gideon accomplished the task in a mighty way.
So my question for you tonight is what is the task God is giving you? It's the hard one that's staring you in the face tonight and might keep you up at night. Lets learn a lesson from Gideons story tonight. Instead of coming up with the questions and excuses, lets be willing to meet God face to face and receive the peace He wants to give us.
Tonight thats a hard task for me. I'm still coming to terms with being a grandma and helping my 19 year old bring her daughter into this world alone...and today I find out that I have to have another biopsy on a "spot" in my breast. I'm thinking about being a grandma and having breast cancer and both scare me half to death. So tonight, I know without a doubt that the task God is placing before me is to walk this road with peace and confidence in Him alone! He has something He wants to accomplish through both and my job is to walk with my head held high looking at Him. It's very likely that these days will result in me building an alter of sorts to my Jehovah Shalom, and I am so grateful to be the child of the only One who offers us peace.