Judges 6:25-27 NKJV Now it came to pass the same night that the LORD said to him, “Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it; (26) and build an altar to the LORD your God on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down.” (27) So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the LORD had said to him. But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night.
Gideon had just seen the Angel of the Lord, who had appeared to him and told him that he would deliver Israel from the Midianites, who have been harshly oppressing Israel. Gideon came from the weakest family in the weakest tribe of all Israel. He saw himself as the least of all his family, in all his tribe, and in all of Israel. Yet the Lord saw Gideon as a “mighty man of valor” (Judges 6:12). Even thought God saw Gideon as a great hero, called and equipped him to accomplish this great task, Gideon did not see himself as able and was greatly afraid. But the Lord isn’t one to be easily dissuaded.
That night the Lord returned to Gideon and told him to tear down an altar of Baal that his family and neighbors had constructed and used to worship Baal. Gideon was instructed to construct an altar to the Lord God instead and offer the correct sacrifices to Him from his father’s herd. This command from the Lord terrified Gideon, but surely it wasn’t as terrifying to him as leading Israel to victory against the Midianites. Still, Gideon was so afraid of the repercussions of his friends and family that he snuck out in the middle of the night to secretly obey the commands of the Lord.
When Gideon’s friends and family saw what was done, they were enraged and sought to kill Gideon. But God is faithful. God protected Gideon and increased his influence among the people, which positioned him to be able to inspire a group of valiant men to follow him and deliver Israel. Note: All this began because Gideon followed the direction of the Lord. Even though he was afraid of the consequences of his actions and the opinions of others, he still obeyed God.
“Just because you feel fear doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Do it afraid!” – Joyce Meyer. Sometimes in life we have to just take a deep breath, stand up straight and do things afraid. Is there something God has asked you to do either in His Word or spoken to your heart that you’ve avoided because of fear? Repent for putting it off, ask for His strength, then stand up and do it afraid. The fear will begin to fade and you’ll go forward in the victory. Do it afraid and fear not.