To keep the looters from taking his family’s food Gideon threshed his wheat in a winepress. Normally you’d thresh wheat on level ground so the wind could blow away the chaff as you tossed it in the air.

But Gideon went about the work in a pit, so no one would see him.

When God looked at Gideon, He saw something that you and I could never see. He saw that in spite of his fear, Gideon was willing to live a life of faith.

This is a precious truth. You and I might be fearful people. We might not like living a life of risk, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t live a life of faith.

We would look at Gideon and say, “What a coward. He is even doing his work in a pit so that no one can see him.” But when God looked at Gideon, He saw the real man.

You might be concerned about applying for a new position in your company or taking a difficult test. Perhaps you are worried about the results from your latest physical.

Why do we fear? Because we don’t know the future. We worry that we won’t measure up in some way for the task ahead.

God knows all about our fears, but He also sees our faith. He gave us the Holy Spirit to give us strength when we are fearful. He also gave us the verse, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” to give strength to our trembling limbs. (Philippians 4:13)

The burden you face might seem insurmountable, the task—impossible; the problems—unsolvable. Yet just as God saw faith in Gideon when he only felt fear, so He sees the same thing in you.

You can live on Faithful Boulevard, but only God can move you there.

Regret looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up. – John Mason

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder