Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.
You may have noticed that I have been writing less and less since the onset of the covid virus.
Why is that?
Could it be that I have been doing a Gideon??
Before answering that question it is worthwhile noting that Gideon seemed to be going to great lengths to hide from the Midianites. The name Midianites means "strife".
Over the last two years our world has been in quite a bit of strife due to the direct and indirect effects of covid.
But what on earth has Gideon hiding got to do with the strife of Covid 19?
Interestingly, the picture behind the word hide is: life prop.
Basically Gideon was seeking refuge in a life prop rather than recognising that God was his true refuge.
So, here is my confession. In the midst of this strife of the past year or so and the barrage of media attention given to it, I have found myself seeking refuge (or in my case hiding) in life props such as binge watching YouTube content and binge watching Netflix and other entertainment streams. These "life props" have served to undermine my daily recognition of He who is the the Way, the Truth and the Life: Yeshua.
For Gideon the strife of the Midianites turned out to be the pathway into his God given purpose as a mighty man of valor.
Could it be that this growing strife, that is gripping the world in which you and I live, is the opportunity for us to discover the greater fullness of our God given purpose?
I have a growing sense that the enemy believes this to be true and he is feverishly lining up a succession of life props to undermine our reliance on He, who is the true foundation of life: Yeshua.