We Have All We Need—Day 2
Judges 6: 14-16
“The Lord looked at him and said, Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?”
Our devotional today focuses on Gideon being commanded to go in his strength to deliver Israel.
One of the first questions that most people ask themselves when given a challenging assignment is, ‘Am I competent?’
It almost seems second nature to doubt ourselves, especially when the assignment has great significance.
Would it be safe to say most of us size up our challenges? We compare what we are commanded to do and with the strength we have to do it.
However, is that the right way to judge if we are fit? Are not we leaving God out of the equation when we judge the improbability of success based solely on our strength or competence?
Remember the devotional passage begins with, “The Lord looked at him.” The Hebrew word for looked is pânâh, paw-naw, the word means to perceive with attention. The Lord’s look suggests the Lord chose Gideon to fulfill a role in His plan. In other words, God was going to use Gideon and Gideon would not be on his own.
All Gideon would have to do is go in his strength. The Hebrew word for strength is kôwach, ko´-akh, which is to be physically or mentally strong.
What God was going to do through Gideon would not happen apart from Gideon being physically and mentally invested.
Question: How often do we wish for God to accomplish the work, but we hope to have limited involvement and little investment? In other words, we want Him to do it, but without us.
God is with us and He requires us to use what we have—what he has given us.
In our devotional text, God has heard the cry of the people, and He has personally chosen this fearful and cynical farmer to solve the problem. God has selected Gideon for their solution.
Isn’t that something? Israel is in trouble, and God has chosen for their solution—Gideon. Gideon is an unlikely candidate, and he is not interested in being elected. Nevertheless, Gideon has all that is needed to get the job done.
Question: Have you been chosen to be a solution, but doubt your abilities?
Lord, let us not underestimate Your plans. Use us as You see fit, Amen.