"The Lord turned to him and said, 'Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the grasp of Midian. I am sending you!'" Judges 6:14 CSB
I don’t know about you guys, but I can be hard on myself. I have been given the amazing opportunity to work in the ministry field, however, I sometimes get to where I worry about pleasing the masses and lose sight of my ultimate assignment: to please God. I’ve talked about how comparison can be thief of joy before, but another thing I think is important to remember is that there is beauty when we are insufficient.
One of the things I have learned over the years is having 100% reliance, and even confidence, in myself takes away from the important task of leaning on God. God is my sufficiency and my confidence–all the things I do are about God, not me. When we become proud, God will be more than happy to show us who He is and who we are not because we are created by Him, for Him, and for His glory.
God gave Gideon a seemingly impossible task. I like Gideon because he is relatable. God speaks, and Gideon can’t just take that and run with it...like many of us, he questions God and asks for a sign. Because God is patient and merciful, He complies. God wanted to show Gideon, and the rest of us, that He is mighty, powerful, and all we need to rely on. Not only did He give Gideon an assignment, but He asked him to take down the Midianites with only 300 men, and God won the battle.
If you are ever feeling less than confident about roles, tasks, or seasons in your life, that is okay...God is all you need. Like Gideon, on our own we are nothing, but with God–if we are obedient and are doing His will–we are warriors. Remember this as you start this week. Let God take control, and rely on the Holy Spirit.
God, I thank You for being more than enough for all my needs. I thank You that I can rely on You and Your sovereignty no matter what I may be facing. Thank you for the gift of humility, and help me to always keep my eyes on You and Your purpose. I love you Father. In Jesus's name, Amen.
Read the story of Gideon in Judges 6.
How can you relate to Gideon? Have there been times you needed to rely on God instead of your own strength?