Called to Higher Ground

Gideon … had been threshing wheat at the bottom of a wine press to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you! ….. Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” Judges 6:11b-12, 14

Gideon was threshing wheat in a wine press because he was afraid the Midianites might see him, steal his grain and possibly even kill him. No one however, can actually thresh wheat in the bottom of a wine press. There is no wind to blow the chaff away, separating it from the grain. With the chaff still mixed in with the grain, the resulting bread will be barely edible.

I have found myself recently, functioning in safe territory. (Working in a winepress). The task the Lord has given me, seems too hard. I am sure to fail. Disappointing my Lord, and the people that look to me for leadership and direction. I am afraid if I step out of my comfort zone, the wind of reality will reveal all of my inadequacies for everyone to see.

God’s call on our life can be scary, but it is that very challenge that drives us closer to Jesus, as we call out to Him in need. God is calling me to higher ground. He has given me a purpose, a new ministry and beautiful sisters to work with. I must rise to the challenge, like Gideon did and come out of the winepress.

Stop playing it safe, stop eating barely edible bread. Jesus has come to give us abundant life right now, today.

Gideon came out of the winepress, into the full wind; a country overrun with Midianites. He rose to the challenge God was calling him to, and led Israel to victory over their enemy, with God’s help.

That’s the key; with God’s help we can do whatever He asks of us. Your Heavenly Father is calling you to higher ground. Answer that call, and step into the abundant life God has planned for you.

Prayer: My Father in heaven, help me step out of the relative safety of my own winepress. Help me answer your call and draw me closer to You. Amen.

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

5 thoughts on “Called to Higher Ground

  1. Blessings to you Linda….. as you know, the biggest blessings, the biggest growth, and the biggest fires come from when trusting God is all we can do.
    Love you my sister!!


  2. Oh Linda, you are spot on. I needed this reminded today when facing this scary eye surgery in a week. I loved the imagery of the winepress. So true. I think I have added several layers to build mine even higher. Thank you sweet sister for this wonderful ministry, this amazing Bible Study that makes me think and come closer to God. I am so proud of you and all your efforts on our behalf. You can do this. You go girl! Blessings, Susan


    1. Thank you Susan. You are such a blessing to our Focus Group and to me personally. I am praying for peace for you this week as you make plans for your up coming surgery. This will certainly be challenging for you, but we know the Lord is always with you and will enable you to SEE it through (pun intended). 🙂 Love you dear sister.


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