JUDGES 6:11-12 “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. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (NKJV)
Here we see Gideon a future judge of Israel and a future great military commander threshing wheat in the winepress. Wheat has to threshed in the open where there is wind which can blow the chaff away and not on the winepress. But Gideon was forced to thresh the wheat in the winepress, in hiding, because of his fear of the Midianities, who he feared would loot his wheat and even kill him had he threshed the wheat in the open.
Here we see the picture of a scared and defeated person. Most of the time we are like this earlier part of Gideon, we portray a defeated and helpless picture of ourselves. But, the will of God for us is not to be defeated but to live a victorious life, Jesus has got the victory for us and we just have to live out the victory. Most Christians are taught a wrong understanding of humility; they are taught that humility means to live a sorrowful life, to live a life of sickness, to live a life of poverty, which in turn will put on a defeated look on our faces and lifestyle. True humility is not that, but true humility is the concept of “let I decrease and Jesus increase”, no longer is the “I” in control of our lives but Jesus is in control. Now when Jesus is in control and lives in us there is no place for sorrow, sickness, poverty and defeat to reign in our lives but Jesus reigns and what He has in store for us is love, joy, grace, blessings and much much more goodness than what we can think or imagine. The problem most of us don’t enjoy the goodness that Jesus has in store for us is because we don’t believe that God is interested in our well-being, we don’t believe that God wants us to live a victorious life. Today make it a point to believe in Jesus and His goodness towards us.