And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? ~Judges 6:14
Sometimes, we face a situation or task where we might feel like we are way over our head. When we make this type of assessment, we are intimidated and want nothing to do with it. However, God will place us in a situation like this to stretch our faith in Him and experience His strength being made perfect in weakness. Let us find encouragement in the Lord’s charge to Gideon to “go in this thy might.”
We see the frail.
“And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.” In spite of God’s encouragement, Gideon considered himself weak and frail. First, he said that he was poor. Financially, his family was in the bottom 1% in his tribe. Second, he said that he was puny. He said that he was the least in his family. This means he was the youngest and least esteemed of his siblings. Third, he said that he was powerless. He thought, “Considering what I know about myself and my family, how is it possible that I can save Israel?” Gideon considered himself weak and unfit.
We see the fellowship.
“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” In spite of Gideon’s low view of himself, the Lord gave him strong encouragement. The first word of encouragement was the fact of God’s presence. It was an assurance of the safety and sweetness of God’s fellowship in his life. Upon giving the mission statement of the church in Matthew 28:19-20, our Lord Jesus told His disciples that He is with us always, even to the end of the world. One of the great encouragements we have for going to the mission field for our Lord is that He is with us always.
We see the faith.
The Lord expressed His faith in Gideon. First, the Lord encouraged him about his strength. He called Gideon a mighty man of valor, even though at the moment, he felt like a miserable coward. Second, the Lord told Gideon to “go in this thy might.” He said that Gideon would save Israel from the hand of Midian. God sees our weakness and frailty, and in spite of what we can’t do, He knows what He can do through us. God is more attracted to our weaknesses than He is to our strengths. We should be encouraged that the Lord will use us in spite of our weakness. Go in this thy might! Give your weakness to God, and let Him show Himself strong.
We see the feat.
“And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.” In other words, the large army of Midian was no match for Gideon. We must be reminded that one person with God makes a majority. God just needs us to trust in Him, and the victory is ours. Gideon presumed that he was a failure, but God said that he was just the one He needed for the job. So much more can be done for the Lord if we would let Him work through us. God can do much with one man wholly surrendered to him. Henry Varley told D.L. Moody, “The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to him.” The Lord is waiting for you to let your weakness be the opportunity for Him to do something great and, even, impossible. “Go in this thy might”!
Have an inspired God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Nehemiah 7