There are two critical, Scriptural truths to grasp at this time. One, when we are no longer content sitting in the pew half asleep once a week but awaken in newness of God’s plan for us, we are soon confronted by a fiendish, wicked, “show no mercy” enemy whose sole goal is to destroy us and thwart any attempt to advance God’s Kingdom. Two, through these turbulent battles of life God is molding us into the very nature of Christ, strengthening us, building our character, and teaching us to trust in Him.
Gideon did step out on faith to fulfill his destiny, but it was definitely not all “smooth sailing.” His very life is in jeopardy. Gideon is powerless to save himself. He must trust God for the outcome. Suddenly Joash, his father, who was the original builder/owner (thus worshiper) of said Baal altar, actually intervenes on behalf of Gideon. Not only is Gideon’s life spared, but apparently according to the very words in the defense of his son, his father is having second thoughts about his personal worship of Baal.
Gideon is learning and growing and gradually fulfilling his destiny step by step. Now he is ready for his toughest test yet, the deliverance of the entire nation of Israel, God’s people, from the oppressive Midianites.