A great story illustrating to me that God’s ways are not man’s ways. God uses people to fulfill His purposes that we as people would not select if the decision were left to us.  Gideon was not a trained warrior or army commander. Instead Gideon was the least in his father’s house which was a part of the weakest clan in the tribe Manasseh. With God always at his side, Gideon defeated all of Israel‘s enemies. –Larry


“The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.  When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’


“‘But sir,’ Gideon replied, ‘if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?  Where are all His wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, “Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?”  But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.’


“The Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand.  Am I not sending you?’


“‘But Lord,’ Gideon asked, ‘how can I save Israel?  My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’


“The Lord answered, ‘I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.'”