Do you know the least likely man in the Bible to take risks? If he had a high school yearbook, he would be listed as the man most likely to play it safe. In fact, if you look closely at this story in the Bible, it is hard to see any faith in Gideon at all.

Gideon knew all about fear. He preferred living in Fearful Territory instead of Faithful Boulevard. If he lived in 21st-century America, he probably would be fearful of roller coasters, bungee jumping, and parasailing.

In other words, Gideon was a lot like you and me.

The nation of Israel was doing what they were good at doing: turning away from God. So God sent the Midianites to oppress them. The Midianites were looters who would come in at harvest time and take Israel’s crops by force. This happened for seven years before the people cried out to God to save them.

Enter our hero. Except he doesn’t look a whole lot like a hero. He looks like an ordinary man—an ordinary man threshing his wheat in a pit instead of on level ground. This way he stayed out of sight.

But it’s difficult to thresh your wheat in a pit. Gideon wanted to play it safe, and so he hid.

Probably you and I would do the same thing.

Do you want to live on Faithful Boulevard instead of in Fearful Territory? Then hang on because in the next few days, we will discover how Gideon moved to the next level and how we can too!

Let us step into the darkness and reach out for the hand of God. – George McDonald

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder