As God calls us to walk in the supernatural—in the things that we consider ourselves unqualified for—it is likely that fears may arise in our heart. This was the case with Gideon and so the Lord instructed him: “And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down [to the camp of the enemy]; for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant . . . And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to do down unto the host” (Judges 7:9-11).
In other words, “If you are afraid, go down to the enemy’s camp. You are going to hear what they are saying, and it will give you strength to go into what, in the natural, is a suicide mission.”
“Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host. . . . And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon . . . for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host” (Judges 7:11-14).
You would expect the Lord to come up with something a bit more extraordinary, perhaps with the Midianite saying, “I saw chariots of angels coming down, thousands and thousands! They were angry, and they killed us all! Let’s get out of here!” No, instead, he saw a loaf of bread roll down a hill, and it just flattened their whole camp. And from that the other man immediately concluded, “Well, this is none other than the sword of God and the sword of Gideon! He has given the whole host into the hand of Gideon!”
How did the enemy know it? They knew because they had been on the receiving end time and time again. They knew what happened when suddenly even just a few of God’s people got up and decided to go forward. They knew what danger was posed to the kingdom of darkness when a barley loaf came rolling down the hill!
Do you know what a barley loaf is? It is nothing more than a bunch of biscuits that get together and decide to move as one! You and I are living in an hour when we must surrender our pride and our human reasoning; we must surrender wanting to be seen as someone greater than we are. We are all biscuits invited to a banquet—every last one of us. I have always been nothing, I am still nothing, and I will always be nothing. All I have is what God chooses to give me.
Carter Conlon joined the pastoral staff of Times Square Church in 1994 at the invitation of the founding pastor, David Wilkerson, and was appointed Senior Pastor in 2001. A strong, compassionate leader, he is a frequent speaker at the Expect Church Leadership Conferences conducted by World Challenge throughout the world.