Ecclesiastes. 10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.
Why did King Solomon say, “I have seen… princes walking as servants”? What did he mean by that? He was alluding to an unfortunate situation that he had observed on the earth, that of great men operating well below their potential. Gideon was an example of this; he was a great warrior who lived below his potential for a season. His potential was to lead the Israelites to break their seven (7) year oppression under the hands of the Midianites. However, for a while all he was known for was threshing wheat in the winepress. Don’t operate below your potential.
There were two reasons Gideon was operating below his potential. Firstly, his actions were based on fear, not faith. Gideon had everything that he needed to lead the Israelites to victory over the Midianites, but because of fear he never saw defeating them as a possible outcome. It was only after the angel spoke to him and his fear was transformed to faith that he started to operate like the great man that he was.
The second reason he had attained less than his potential prior to the encounter with the angel was because he had missed his purpose. His purpose was to use his gift as a warrior to bring deliverance to Israel, but he spent his time threshing wheat in a winepress. You will always produce less than you are capable of if you use your time to do what you were not created to do. Because Gideon aligned himself with his purpose he will be remembered as the man who led the three hundred men (300) to victory over the large army of the Midianites. Live out the purpose God created you for.
Life Application: Reach your highest potential by walking out your purpose and basing your actions on faith, such that you do what the word of God says regardless of your situation.
Prayer: Lord, awaken in me the desire for more than what I am doing and accomplishing right now. In Jesus’ name, amen.