Read: Judges 6:11-16
Gideon was an ordinary person. His story is mentioned in Judges 6. He was a farmer, and he was one who was not so bold. When God called him to deliver Israel from the Midianites, his initial response was, “How can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (Judg. 6:15). God promised that He would be with Gideon and that he would be able to accomplish what he had been asked to do (v. 16). Gideon’s obedience brought victory to Israel, and he is mentioned as one of the great heroes of faith (Heb. 11:32).
Many other individuals played a significant part in the plan to save the Israelites from a strong enemy force. God provided Gideon with 300 valiant men to win the battle. We are not told their names, but their bravery and obedience are mentioned in Scripture (Judg. 7:5-23).
Today, God is still calling ordinary people to do His work and assuring us that He will be with us as we do. Paul says in 2 Cor. 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” Again he says, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Cor. 1:27-29). Because we are ordinary people being used by God, it is clear that the power comes from God and not from us. Remember that God uses ordinary people to carry out His extraordinary plan. Can you be obedient to His calling?