While it was a directive given to a specific man for a specific mission, it has general application for us today as well.
In the book of Judges, the nation of Israel continuously repeated a cycle of rebellion against God, slavery to other nations, crying out to God for help, deliverance, freedom, then back to rebellion, etc. In those days, God’s deliverance came by way of leaders He hand-selected to free His people from ruling nations.
The 5th such judge was Gideon; and when God tapped Gideon on the shoulder to come serve Him, Gideon’s response indicated that he was overwhelmed by the task. Specifically, Gideon stated that his family was the smallest within the tribe of Manasseh, and that he, himself, was the least among that insignificant family. In other words, “I can’t do it, Lord! Who am I? I don’t have what it’s going to take.”
Listen to God’s response – there is no shaming here, only grace and encouragement. “The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (Judges 6:14)
What was God’s message to Gideon? “Use what strength you do have, and leave the results to Me!” Friends, when God calls us to a task, our job is simply to be faithful, not to accomplish His desired outcome – that’s His doing. Our response is to show up with what strength and ability He has provided, place ourselves into His hands, and say, “Here I am, use me!”
Next time you feel overwhelmed by the task, just go in the strength God has given you and remember that He is going with you. Sometimes, the greatest “ability” God seeks in His servants is just AVAILability! –Dave
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