Saturday, March 28

Go with the strength you have

Scripture: Judges 6-7, Psalm 52, 1 Corinthians 14

Judges 6:14–16 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” 

15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” 

16 The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

Observation

Once again, the Israelites had abandoned God and were overwhelmed by their enemies, in this case, the Midianites.  Their enemies would descend upon the land and ravage it, strip it bare, and leave the Israelites to starve.  If you think our current crisis is grim, imagine what this was like!  Poverty, oppression, starvation—it was hopeless!

The angel of the Lord comes to Gideon and calls him to deliver Israel.  “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel—I am sending you.”  And Gideon protests.  “But how?  My clan is the weakest and I am the least.”  In other words, “What strength?  I can’t do it!”  

The Lord answers, “I will be with you.  And you will prevail!”  What was God’s answer to Gideon’s weakness?  “I will be with you.”  One man plus God is enough.  God loves to use weak people…like me, like you.

2 Corinthians 12:8–10 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

Application

The end of that story is that God did use weak Gideon to deliver Israel.  And to underscore that it was God’s power, He actually had Gideon winnow his army down from 32,000 to 300!  God wanted them to know Who was really delivering them!

Right now, in the midst of this global crisis, and in the midst of your personal crisis (whatever it may be): Go with the strength you have.  What is that strength?  It is that the Lord is with you.  Lean into Him.  Listen to Him and do what He says.  Trust Him—He’s got this.  You may not have strength adequate to the task, but He does.  And God wants to use you in this crisis to help others, to be His hands and feet.  You may not feel up to the task, but the Lord is with you.  He is your strength!

2 Chronicles 16:9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

God is looking for people who will trust Him and be fully committed.  Be that person!  He will strengthen and use you!

Prayer: Lord, You are our strength.  Help us to trust You completely right now, and do what You say!