There is something about the way that Boseman navigated throughout the world that reminded me of divinity but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why or how until last Sunday when I read my bible. I came across the story of Gideon in Judges and although I had read about Gideon before, there was something that stuck out to me and resonated with my spirit like never before, Judges 6:11-12 NIV. It reads, “11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
Gideon and Chadwick Boseman didn’t wait for the perfect conditions to put in work and sow, they subdued their situations by taking action during a time that others would have deemed as an undesirable moment to move. Gideon didn’t have the opportunity to thresh wheat in the right place at the right time, but he refused to let his circumstances hold him back from producing. Instead, he privately threshed wheat in a winepress, a small pit that made it that much more difficult to thresh wheat yet it provided the seclusion he needed to secure protection and generate goods. From 2016 up until his death in 2020, Boseman didn’t act in films with perfect health, but instead with colon cancer, he persevered and acted in some of the most well known films. When God calls us to do something, He does not wait for our worldly standards to align with His will. Instead, He shows up on his time, choosing who many people in the world would deem as an unlikely person to be chosen, wanting us to navigate on His terms so that He may perform a great work. This month more than ever, we have got to thresh wheat in our winepress.
We've got to thresh wheat in our winepress. That means we've got to choose to keep honoring God. We've got to choose to let go and keep it moving. We've got to choose to always trust God’s promises. We've got to choose to hold our tongues when we want to complain. We've got to choose to put in the work. We've got to choose to go the extra mile. We've got to choose to not just talk about it but be about it. We've got to choose to be in this world but not of this world. We've got to choose to make the right decision when the wrong one feels so enticing. We've got to choose when to properly filter out the noises in this world that could be detrimental to our purpose. We've got to choose to look past our worldly view in order to adopt a heavenly mindset. We've got to choose to keep chasing after JESUS when there are some days we may not feel like even getting up out of the bed. We’ve got to choose to keep producing content to encourage and inspire individuals when it feels like things are stagnant or there is a lack of reach. We've got to thresh wheat in our winepress because we recognize that in the threshing GOD is with us and as long as we keep threshing, the harvest is plentiful.
We magnify your glorious name today. Hallelujah to our King, who has blessed us with another month and covered us all throughout the year thus far. Thank you for being a mighty shield of protection, a provider, a keeper, a way maker, and a great steward over our lives. This month we come before you praying for the power to thresh wheat in our winepress throughout the month of September. Help us to stay focused and put in work this month while blessing us with the discernment to know what unfavorable circumstances need to be kept private during this season so that we may build, create, and give birth to the things you have designed us to produce successfully. Bless us with the wisdom that Elizabeth had in Luke 1:24 NIV when she became pregnant with John the Baptist and for five months remained in seclusion. Bless us with the wisdom to know when to ask for more wisdom like Solomon in 1 Kings 3:7 NIV. Continue to guide us throughout this month LORD so that we may excel and overcome the limitations of our situations. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
Scriptures to Feed Yourself & Reflect On:
Judges 6:1-12 NIV
Ecclesiastes 11:4 AMP
Luke 1:24 NIV
1 Kings 3:7 NIV