Unlikely Heroes


“’But Lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!’ The Lord said to him, ‘I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.’”  —  Judges 6:15-16

Cripple him, and you have Sir Walter Scott.
Lock him in a prison, and you have John Bunyan.
Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have George Washington.
Raise him in abject poverty, and you have Abraham Lincoln.
Subject him to bitter religious prejudice, and you have a Disraeli.
Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes a Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Burn him so severely in a schoolhouse fire that the doctors say he will never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham, who set the world’s record in 1934 for running a mile in four minutes and 6.7 seconds.
Deafen a genius composer, and you have a Ludwig van Beethoven.
Make him the first child to survive in a poor Italian family of eighteen children, and you have an Enrico Caruso.
Have him born of parents who survive a Nazi concentration camp, paralyze him from the waist down when he is four, and you have incomparable concert violinist, Itzhak Perlman.
Call him a slow learner, “retarded,” and write him off as an uneducable, and you have Albert Einstein.

History’s pages have been turned by unlikely heroes. There has always been a misconception about greatness. No one was ever born great…except Jesus and He was great before he ever pierced humanity.

Gideon was living in perilous times. His country was being ripped apart by the violent onslaught of God-hating people groups. Personal freedoms were vanishing and personal safety was at an all-time low.

When God chose Gideon, he chose the weakest and the least (vs. 15). In the estimation of man, it was probably the worst possible choice that could have been made. What was God thinking?

God always chooses the unlikely FOR HIS GLORY! God’s power is most clearly seen in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Anyone can triumph through strength, only God can triumph through weakness.

I believe that sitting in front of your computer right now is one who could be an unlikely hero. You have weaknesses, just as I do. Because God made you the way you are, He must have a plan for your weakness. He never makes us conscious of our weakness except to give us of His strength.

Today, I plan to build an altar in my life as Gideon did (vs. 24). I plan to come to a place of peace in my life concerning my weakness. I plan to surrender my weakness…as well as my whole life to God.

Will you join me in the possibility of becoming an unlikely hero? Trust your weakness to God. Turn your life over to Him. Take a step of faith and see what God can do through you today!

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