“When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship before the Lord. Then he returned to the Israelite camp and shouted, “Get up! For the Lord has given you victory over the Midianite hordes!” Judges 7:15 NLT
Get up! The Lord gave Gideon specific instructions. Even still, Gideon was afraid. God told Gideon take Purah, go to the edge of the enemy’s camp and listen. The Lord allowed them to hear the dream and its interpretation of the enemy. Gideon immediately bowed and worshiped God. He shouted to his troops, Get up! For the Lord had given them victory. Sometimes, God allows us to hear a word that it may spark the fire of the Lord in us. Sometimes, we come to a place where victory is in sight but fear sparks delay. God told Gideon, take Purah, one man with you and go get a word. Oftentimes, we want to take a crowd with us when God is saying, take one. In the noise of the crowd, our senses are distracted; in the crowd background noises, interfere with perception. Gideon plus one had to get in a place to be strengthened and encouraged for the quest ahead. Gideon could not rally the troops until the sound of victory quickened him. Then and only then, could Gideon worship God! We cannot worship God when our perception is off, when we are worried about the cares of this life, when fear grips our heart nor when our eyes are distracted by the size/number of the enemy before us. Our senses, the gates to our soul must be in tuned to God. And we definitely, cannot lead until then. God will allow us to be privy to information/knowledge that will ignite us so we can rally the troops to Get Up! The hearing of the dream and its interpretation quicken Gideon, it may not have ignited others. The crowd does not interpret or discern the same word in the same way. Jesus did not always take the twelve although they were all disciples. He did, however, take the twelve to the last supper. It’s prayer time, Gideon’s – we must get in position to hear from God, worship God and rally the troops to victory.