Friday, August 20, 2010

Who's Strength Anyways?

Gideon leading to battle
On my "two years through the Bible journey" I just finised reading Judges 6, and the 1st part of the story of Gideon.  I've read this story many times, but in it are lessons I continue to re-learn.  They are lessons that when put into practice will lead to a life of peace and trust, rather than worry.  Let me draw your attention to a couple of key spots and make three simple points.

(12) When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior."  Mighty warrior?  What, are you serious?  Don't miss the comical aspect of what the angel is saying here.  Gideon is not a warrior; he is not Braveheart, he is not Maximus Decimus Meridius, he is not Jason Bourne.  Gideon is anything but a mighty warrior.  As we soon learn, his clan is the weakest, and he is the least in his family.  Mighty warrior? 
Point 1: God doesn't see us the was we see ourselves.  God sees us as He created us...God sees us as we were meant to be, and as we can be with Him.  Let's move on...

(14) 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?"  What I love about this story is God meets Gideon right where he's at.  He knows Gideon lacks confidence, and He knows exactly how much Gideon can handle.  And yet, He isn't willing to just let Gideon off the hook.  What does he ask of Gideon?  Simply to go in the strength he has, which brings us to
Point 2: When God sends us, He expects us to use what we have and go...  Now as you will see, point 2 leads right into point 3.

(15,16) "But Lord," Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together." 
Point 3: God makes up the difference.  He asks Gideon to go in the strength he has, and then God adds his own strength to make up the team.  If this were an equation, it might look like this; Us in our strength + God in His strength = Victory.

So the question is this; what in your life has God sent you to do, that maybe you've shrunk back from?  Is there something He's called you to "go in the strength you have", knowing that He will make up the rest?  It reminds me of something I once heard, that still haunts me.  I can't remember who said it, but they simply said this; "Most of us never epxerience the power of God in our lives because we never attempt anything that would require it."  The question lingers; what has God called you to, and is He still waiting on you to "go in the strength you have?"

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