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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Great God, Weak Me

Judges 7-9:21
Gideon is one of the greatest stories in the Bible that illustrates how God intentionally uses the weak to do mighty things.
God did not, and does not, call people based on their ability, but their availability.
And I love how our great God reassured our weak Gideon today in Judges 7:10-11…
But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah.  Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.
Why was it that God felt He had to reassure Gideon of the victory before the fighting began?  Do you remember yesterday that our reading ended with Gideon asking God not once, but twice to give him a sign that He was going to do what He promised?
So today, before Gideon could even ask for another sign, God went ahead and gave it to him.
When I came to Judges 6:36-40 (where Gideon asked twice for a sign) I noticed that a few years ago I had written in my Bible beside the text, God is a patient God.  I wrote that because I noticed how God willingly accommodated Gideon’s 2 requests and did grow impatient with him.
When God calls us, he knows we are weak, sometimes scared, uncertain of ourselves and sometimes uncertain of God, and yet He is always patient with us.
Oddly though, we can be some of the most impatient people on the planet.  It’s why we have road rage, fume at WalMart when there are 38 check out lanes and only 7 open, and get frustrated when our internet slows and it takes 6 seconds instead of the normal 2 to load a webpage.
And yet, God is always patient with us.
So far we have read about Noah, Abraham, Moses and Joshua, all men whom God did great things through, not because they were great men, but because they said, Yes to a great God.
God may never ask us to command an army, then reduce that army down to 300 warriors to fight against thousands of our enemy, but whatever He does ask, if you just say Yes, our God will do mighty things through you too, not because you are great, but because He is great...
And always patient with the impatient.

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