But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-ezer was gathered after him.
There is no point in going forward in the Lord’s work unless the Spirit of God is upon us. Without Him, we are sure to fail. Without the Spirit of God, Gideon was just a fearful man trying to get by, but with the Spirit of God, he was the leader of an army. Without the Spirit of God, he was afraid of how the men would react when he tore down their altar to Baal, but with Him, he leads 300 men against an army many times their size. Without God, Gideon’s not really sure he can do anything at all to make a difference, but with Him, complete victory is secured.
The same is true in our lives. Without God, we amount to very little. Without His Spirit working, we don’t accomplish much. Without His touch upon us, we stay fearful and weak. But with God working in and through us, we become something much more than we ever were before and can accomplish things that would have otherwise been impossible. When God’s Spirit shows up, victories are achieved and doubts are overcome and something about us changes in a significant way.
So, do we have the Spirit of God with us? Have we accepted Jesus as our Savior and received this precious gift, the anointing of His Spirit? When He comes, He begins to work in us immediately. We can become a new person in Him. We can be transformed. We can grow and move ahead. And He enables us to do things we couldn’t have dreamed of doing so that His purposes and His will are done. And if we will live surrendered to His Spirit, He can take us from those old places of weakness and inadequacy to find our purpose and strength in Him.
If we want to serve the Lord and we want to obey Him, we’re going to have to depend on His Spirit. He comes along with us to make sure we have everything we need to accomplish those tasks. He equips and prepares and guides every step of the way. So let us look to Him, trust Him and not be afraid to move forward wherever He may lead. Like Gideon, we can become someone we never thought we could be and do things we could have never imagined doing, all for the glory of our great God.