You got the wrong guy
When God calls Gideon to save Israel, Gideon tells God why he can’t do what God was asking him to do. We see this same theme throughout the Bible when God calls someone. The conversation goes like this:
God: “I want you to do this.”
Person: “Here’s a list of reasons why you’ve chosen the wrong person for the job.”
We forget something very important. In Christine Caine’s book “Undaunted”, she says “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”
What does being called even mean? Let’s just say this – whatever it is God has for you to do. Can you be called to be an encourager? Yes. A teacher? Yes. A stay at home mom? Absolutely. When you feel that call on your life, what is your response? I have to admit that my reaction was very close to Gideon’s. I don’t feel the strength inside me to do what God has called me to do. I can see the inability and the lacking. But what is God really calling us to do in this kind of situation?
Go in the strength you have
When we are weak, he shows himself strong. Isn’t that the point? His power is made perfect in our weakness. In the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus asks his disciples how many loaves of bread they have, “Go and see.” (Mark 6:38) They return with five loaves of bread and two fish, and with that he feeds more than 5000 people with twelve basketfuls leftover.
Everything you need for a miracle is within your midst. Use what you have in your hand, use the strength that you have, and watch God multiply.
The henna design this week illustrates Gideon’s story.
When God calls Gideon, there are 3 things he retorts back to God as reasons why God must be wrong in having chosen him:
- The Lord has abandoned us
- My clan is the weakest one
- I am the least in my family
- You are a mighty man
- With fearless courage (v.12 AMPC)
- I am with you
- I have sent you
- You will save Israel