You may read Judges 8, turn up your nose, and think, “That’s how the story of Gideon ends?!?!” Gideon disciplined some Israelite leaders in one city with thorns and briars and killed the men of another city because they refused to help Gideon’s soldiers. He also crafted what became an idol out of the spoils of war. And to top it all off, we see that he had seventy children because he had “many wives” and at least one concubine (Judg. 8:30-31). It’s not the ending we would expect, or pen if we were writing the story. True stories don’t always end the way Hollywood stories end.
But here is what we need to remember: This story is not about Gideon; it’s about God! God delivered the Israelites, and even when they would live in idolatrous disobedience again, He would be ready to forgive them and bring them back to Himself again. That is the essence of this story. That is the essence of the Book of Judges. And that is the essence of the gospel story that runs throughout every page of Scripture. God’s superabundant grace is poured out generously upon His people, most notably through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
What are some seasons of defeat in your life? How can you walk in freedom from the past?