It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him (Gideon), “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, 11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp. Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.
And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”
Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.”
And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.”
Sometimes as Christians we have a hard time believing in the amazing difference it makes that God is WITH US, and the unique part we have been called to play in His purposes.
We cannot perceive our own anointing and effectiveness.
When we lack clarity regarding the voice within which speaks to our own destiny, our profound need for attention and approval will open the door to other people’s voices and fears and they rob us of our confidence.
If that is you, I suggest you do as Gideon did, and listen just for a moment to the strength of what your enemies and those who regard you critically are saying about you.
They are very clear that you have something!
They may not like what you have, and they may not want to celebrate you for it, but please hear their negative attention in a new way: be encouraged because God is doing something of great significance with your life.