Getting Your Attention
Your world is about to change...
Judges 6:12 ‘When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you mighty warrior.’
You’re going about your business and you get interrupted - inconveniently interrupted. I mean what sort of person arrives unannounced and how did they get in here anyway? Then they start going on about things you could do differently. ‘Can’t you see I’m busy here’ you answer - well you don’t actually say it out loud but the momentary stare you give them as good as says it. But they just don’t seem to have got the hint and they carry on talking.
Then he stops talking and just stares at you, silently watching your work and displaying a slightly disapproving look about what you are doing. You stop and stare back, look up into his eyes and ask ‘is there a problem?’ You can’t quite decide whether you want your annoyance to be seen but you’re sure it is.
‘Yes there is’ they answer back. ‘The world outside these walls is in a mess’. You stare back in disbelief, shrug your shoulders and quizzically wonder what this has to do with you. ‘Hey listen... I’m just trying to get on with surviving here and every moment you take of my time makes my survival more complicated. Things certainly are a mess out there but they’re a mess in here. I’m struggling to fix ‘this' mess and I’m certainly in no position to fix ‘that' mess’.
The intruder looks softer now and slightly broken by your words. His eyes glisten with compassion and he speaks softly. ‘You just don’t realise how much of a difference you can make out there do you - you are a world-changer’.
‘Ha ha - I’m not a world changer! All my life I’ve been a failure and I’m from a long line of failures - and to add to it, my brothers and parents say I’m the worst of the family - so don’t go telling me silly things like that - I know what I am! A failure!!
The intruder slowly walks towards you - he almost whispers ‘You may have failed but you’re not a failure. I’ve come to tell you that your greatest days are ahead. Your future isn’t determined by your past and you have within you greatness - not just to survive but to fix that mess out there. There are battles ahead but you are a warrior and will win’.
Gideon was in hiding, crippled by his inadequacy and hijacked by his fears. If the angel of the Lord had not interrupted his day, Gideon would have died a failure. But this interruption changed the rest of his life. This interruption began a journey that didn’t just change Gideons life but changed an entire nation.
If Gideon’s life was like a guitar, we could safely say that he had one or two strings out of tune. He struggled to listen to the sound he was making with his life and believe that he could be a warrior, but as the Lord began to speak to him we see a vision being presented for how his life could sound. What ‘sound’ does God see in you and what strings are ‘out of tune’ at the moment? Will you let God interrupt your day today? Will you let His voice break the old ways of thinking and frame your future and begin to fine tune you? Just stop for a moment - stop hiding, stop running and just stop and listen to the interruptions of the voice of God and hear heaven call out the sound you were destined to make?
‘Heavenly Father - you who sees and knows all things. You know me better than I know myself and I realise that where our opinions differ about my potential, it is because the issues of life have ‘detuned’ some of my strings. Please give me wisdom to accept your words over my life and I invite you to speak your truth over me. Heal me of my inadequacy, fears, and man made limitations and fine tune me to be an instrument in your hands - for your glory! Amen’