Placed in the Pit
Threshing was the process of dividing the grains of wheat from the worthless outer shell called chaff. This was normally done in an open, spacious area so that the wind could easily blow away the lighter chaff when the farmer tossed the beaten wheat into the air. But if Gideon had put himself in plain sight to do this, he would have also been putting himself in great danger. You see, had Gideon stepped into view to complete his task, he would have been an obvious target for the bands of raiders who were overrunning the land. So instead, he used wisdom and decided to thresh his wheat in a winepress - a pit that was well hidden from view and that was a totally unsuspecting place to find a farmer’s crops.
When it comes to our lives, we all would much rather be standing on a hill rather than in a pit. Especially in our service and ministry to God’s Kingdom, am I right? We crave the thrill of the mountaintop moments and begrudge the trying times in the ditch. We often desire convenience over sagacity, and we want to stand in a place where our hard work can be appreciated.
But sometimes being in that secret place out of others’ view is the only thing keeping you safe. Just because God has called you to do something, doesn’t mean you may not have to complete it in the pit - a place where you feel you’re working overtime, yet still no one else notices your accomplishments. Be careful not to resent those times when you feel misplaced in your ministry, for God is never unintentional. Sometimes God may take you off a high place and set you somewhere lower to keep you from unforeseen sins, circumstances, or even people that could ultimately hinder you in the long run. And keep in mind that it’s often in the unsuspecting places that God teaches and forms the most powerful laborers for His kingdom. So the next time you find yourself placed in the pit, don’t try to attain a different position. Understand that sometimes the wisest place to be is the most unsuspecting place, and that God is using this time to either teach you or protect you.
Pray: “Lord, if there is ever a time in my life where being on the hill would be a hindrance, give me the wisdom and discernment to follow Your direction to a lower place. I pray that You would help me to have patience during the times that I’m in a pit, and that I would come out stronger in You.”