One day this week I was up in the middle of the night listening to God and He led me to Judges 6. It is the exciting account of Gideon and how God used him to defeat the Midianites and save Israel. As I was reading through the chapter and taking notes, I was intrigued by verse 34:
Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.
I checked the footnotes in my study Bible and the literal translation is “The Spirit of the Lord clothed himself with Gideon.” This is a powerfully vivid picture. The Spirit empowered the man and acted through him.
This phrase is used only three times in scripture. It is used in I Chronicles 12:18 in reference to Amasai:
Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said:
“We are yours, David!
We are with you, son of Jesse!
Success, success to you,
and success to those who help you,
for your God will help you.”
So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.
It is also used in II Chronicles 24:20:
Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.’”
(This is the same Zechariah that Jesus mentions in Matthew 23:35. It is assumed the Jesus reference to “son of Berekiah” is actually Zechariah’s grandfather.)
Gideon led Israel to victory. Amasai helped David to the throne of Israel, Zechariah served during Josiah’s reign in Judah and died for his warning to Israel. When the Spirit clothed Himself with someone, something significant was about to happen. Without the Spirit clothing Himself on these three willing servants, they would have remained three ordinary men.
Since as Christians, we have the Spirit dwelling inside of us, we need to expect significant things to happen. It requires boldness and trust in an All Powerful God. I have no interest in “ordinary”. Very few people do. Being clothed with the Spirit can result in victory, success, or death or some combination of all three. Are we available and ready for God to move supernaturally through us?