Judges 6:14 "The Lord turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have..."
This verse popped out at me as I read it last week. Go in the strength you have. Isn't that what we do? Isn't that where the fear comes from?
Going and doing things in our own strength?
We know how weak and small we are and the tasks that God is asking us to do seem large or impossible.
But, yet God didn't mean for Gideon to win this battle by himself. Nor does he mean for us to as well.
God dwindled Gideon's army from 32,000 down to 300! That's amazing odds. And all odds were against Gideon.
When he looked at the numbers he knew he couldn't win. There was no way. He asked God 3 times to be sure he heard him correctly.
Really, God, me? The weakest in my family, whom is the weakest in the clan? Me?! You want me to deliver this nation from people so numerous they can't be counted?!
Can't you just see him pacing the floor and probably near hyperventilation as he tries to process what the Lord has just told him?
And the Lord replies, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior." Jdg 6:13
"I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."Jdg 6 :14
"Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die." Jdg 6: 23
God called him a mighty warrior while Gideon was in a near panic. He saw something inside of him that no one else saw, not even himself.
God knew that together they could do this. He just had to get Gideon to believe it too.
And he patiently does the same for me and you. We look at the outside while God looks at our hearts and knows we can be something more.
If only He could get us to believe it too.
Judges 6:34 "The spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon..."("The Hebrew word to clothe (labash) normally "referred to the every day act of putting on a garment." God's spirit put on Gideon like a suit of clothes." (Gideon, Priscilla Shirer))
We have this same spirit, the Holy Spirit and it is closer than our own breath. We can also put on the (spiritual) armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), that will protect us in the heat of our every day battles.
We are stronger than we realize.
If only we would realize.
As we look at our obstacles with faith eyes and with our armor on each day, we see that there is nothing that can overtake us. Nothing too big for our God.
We may be weak, but in Him we are STRONG.
Walk fearless, my friends.
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