Ordinary Misfit

Amy Clemens

Read: Judges 6:1-16

One day . . . Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the Midianites. The angel of GOD appeared to him and said, “GOD is with you, O mighty warrior!” (vv. 11-12 Message)

Gideon was an ordinary misfit radically changed by an encounter with God. Hebrews 11 includes Gideon with other misfits “who through faith . . . were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” (vv. 32-34). Self-described as “the runt of the litter” (Judges 6:15 Message), Gideon sees nothing at all in his lineage, life story, or likeness that prepares him for the assignment he receives. Yet God’s presence transforms him from an inconspicuous farm lad, hiding in the hills, into a valiant warrior for God’s honor.

Even about Jesus, a prophet said, “He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isa. 53:2).

I wonder if you’ve ever said anything similar as you caught your reflection, doubting the odds God might favor you somehow with an assignment important to the kingdom. At those moments, it’s important enough to remember this verse and put it on your mirror: God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong (1 Cor. 1:27). Far more important than what you see in the mirror is who you are when God calls your name. He uses ordinary misfits to change the history of his world. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, ask God to strengthen your faith as you remember all the commonplace folk God has used throughout history.