“Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” 13 “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” 14 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.” (Judges 6:11-16, NLT)
I love the story of Gideon, there is so much we can pull from it. The part that’s always stuck out to me and that I’ve always laughed about is when Gideon questions the angel of the Lord he tells him that the Lord is with him. “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, “The Lord brought us up out of Egypt?” But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” The Lord then responds to his questioning by saying “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” I can imagine the look on Gideon’s face, after he questions the Lord only to find out he is the one the Lord is sending. He then comes up with a list of excuses as to why he isn’t equipped to handle this task.
Can you relate to Gideon? Have you ever found yourself questioning God when things don’t go as you thought? Have you come up with a list of excuses as to why you aren’t equipped to do what He’s calling you to do? Is it possible that what you are questioning God about hasn’t happened yet because you are the one he is calling to blaze the trail? God may be saying to you today, “I am sending you! I will be with you and you will destroy every enemy that gets in your path as if you were fighting against one man.”
God loves to use the inadequate because His strength shines through. If you don’t feel equipped and adequate, join the club. God is calling us all to go with courage. He’s saying today, “I am sending you!”