“The LORD turned to (Gideon) and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” – Judges 6:14 New International Version
When God sends us to do something we should not make excuses as to why we cannot do it. Just as the Lord told Gideon in both verse 12 & verse 16, “I will be with you.” That should give anyone the confidence needed to proceed, but Gideon was painfully human, just as we are, & made excuses as to why he couldn’t do that which the Lord required of him. In spite of God’s word to the contrary, Gideon seemed unaware that God would be his strength.
The Lord called Gideon “Mighty hero” in verse 12. What an incredible title to give someone. God obviously saw Gideon for who he truly was capable of being in the Lord. The challenge was to get Gideon to see himself that same way. It seems a contradiction, what with our being called in the New Testament to walk humbly with our God, but it is necessary to see ourselves as men & women of God capable of great things as long as we realize it is the Lord doing the great things. We must allow ourselves to be the conduit, the vehicle as it were, that God can use to accomplish that which he needs us to do for the advancement of his kingdom.
In the end it is imperative that we not lose sight of what we are currently doing, for it has an integral part to play in what God is doing with you in your life. No matter how mundane your daily tasks may be, there is a purpose or the Lord would have placed you somewhere else. Focus on the task at hand, but also give your full attention to believing that God will prepare you what will come tomorrow. Until next time, walk with the King & be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.