April 26, 2017

Judges 6:14-16: 14 The Lord turned to him (Gideon) and said, “Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you?” 15 He said to Him, “Please, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.” 16 “But I will be with you,” the Lord said to him. “You will strike Midian down as if it were one man.”

Take a weight off of your shoulders. God’s ability and power does not depend on you and your behavior, skills, or strength. In fact, we see this played out in Gideon’s life. He and his family were living in a time when the Israelites desperately needed the Lord’s deliverance.  To make a long story short, the Midianites would steal all of the Israelites’ crops and livestock in the middle of the night. The Israelites were living in constant fear because they never knew when their entire livelihood would be ripped right out from under them.

The Lord tells Gideon that he will be the one to deliver the Israelites.  In verse 15, you see Gideon’s response / excuse for not having the ability to deliver the Israelites.  But, if you read the rest of the story, you will see how the Lord miraculously used Gideon to rescue the Israelites.  The Lord’s strength and power were on display through the life of Gideon.  I’m so glad that God does not need to use us to accomplish His will, yet He chooses to allow us to be a part of His great work. Is there something that God is calling you to do, but you are afraid or running through your list of excuses? Let Gideon’s life be an example of how the Lord can work through you, even while you are in the midst of doubt.

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