That’s right. God has called you to something that you can’t do.
- Ministry leader
- Spiritual leader
- Disciple maker
- Sunday School teacher
If your reading this, then you probably identify with one of the titles listed above. If so, then you have received a calling on your life that you are not up to. A calling that is much bigger than you are. Chances are,however, that most of you would not identify with the last one. The title of WARRIOR. This is exactly the title that Gideon was called to.
In Judges 6:11-24 we see the story of Gideon’s calling. Gideon was hiding in a wine press threshing wheat. this was a task that required wind to be done well. Hidden as he was, Gideon would have a hid a great degree of difficultly completing this task. So, why did he hide? At this time in the history of Israel they were being oppressed by the Midianites. So complete was their control over Israel that many of the Israelites were forced into hiding. This is where we find Gideon as “The Angel of the Lord” appeared to him. Most believe that this reference, “The Angel of the Lord” is actually Jesus appearing prior to his physical birth through Mary. So, JESUS appears to Gideon and says, “Look at you, you sorry excuse for a man. Clearly your NOT the man I was looking for to free My people from their oppression.” WRONG. This is NOT what He says. Rather He says,
“The Lord is with you mighty warrior.” (1)
WHAT?!? Mighty warrior? Isn’t this the same man that was hiding in a hole so that he wouldn’t be found? Yet, the Angel of the Lord calls him MIGHTY WARRIOR. Gideon was obviously thinking the same thing. He replies that his family is the weakest in Manasseh and the he is the least in his family. (2) The Lord however, had indeed chosen Gideon to free the Israelites.
As we continue reading the story of Gideon we see where Gideon gathered a mighty army, but God said, “…you have too many people for Me to hand the Midianites over to you…”(3) How can you have TOO MANY soldiers when going to war? God goes on to say, “…or else Israel might brag, ‘I did it myself.” You see God wanted to be certain that HE got the glory for this victory. Gideon started with 22,000 warriors. Before God sent them into battle this force was whittled down to just 300 men. With these 300 men Gideon concurred the Midianites and gained freedom fro Israel.
You see, there was something that Gideon missed when he was first called that we often miss ourselves. What God calls us to is NOT ABOUT US OR OUR ABILITY. Gideon started with a force that might have been able to bring down Midian without God’s help. But, that wasn’t God’s plan. Gideon was indeed from the weakest family and was indeed the least among his family. But, that’s the kind God wants to use.
Regardless of where you saw yourself on the list at the top of this post, or even if you have a calling that was not listed above, it is quite likely that God called you BECAUSE you were inadequate. Consider these examples. God chose:
- Moses - a murderer, with a speech impediment, and a complete lack of confidence, on the run for his crimes – to be the spokesperson for the children of Israel and to lead them from captivity.
- Josiah - an 8 year old boy – to be KING of Judah, to repair the temple, to bring the book of the Law, the word of God back to the people.
- Mary - a poor girl, unremarkable every way except for her love for the Lord – to be the mother of Jesus.
- Shepherds - poor, social outcasts, that smelled of sheep and long periods without bathing – to be the first to see Jesus and to tell others about him
- Saul - a self-righteous, violent man who over saw the arrest, torture and killing of countless Christians – to write much of the New Testament, to be one of the greatest spreaders of the Gospel to the Gentiles.
Just like the people, God has called you to something. Each of these people was inadequate for the task they were called to EXCEPT through the work and power of the Lord. In the same way we often feel inadequate for what God has called us to, and we are. BUT, in the same way that God empowered these people to fulfill their calling, He empowers us as well.
- Judges 6:12
- Judges 6:15
- Judges 7:2
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