Lord, take away
What gets in the way
Of what You want to do today.
Let every obstacle in my way
Be overcome, I pray.
I will praise You without delay.
In Judges 6 & 7 Israel was suffering for their disobedience in serving other gods. They were hiding from their enemies and struggling to feed their families. God had a plan to help them. His plan involved Gideon.
God wrecked Gideon’s life and blew his mind when He sent an angel to tell Gideon that he was a strong and mighty warrior and that he would be the one to help Israel defeat their enemies. Gideon’s response was like many of ours when we feel the call of God on our lives.
- We look at our current circumstances and think it will prevent us from being successful.
- We discount ourselves as being too weak or inadequate.
- We doubt and question if we are hearing from God.
- We ask God for proof–for a sign that He is calling us.
Even though He didn’t have to, God allowed Gideon to ask questions. He didn’t punish Gideon for asking for proof that it was God and that God would be with him.
In the end, God did exactly what He said He would do. The final proof God gave Gideon was trimming Gideon’s army from 32,000 to 300 men and defeating the Midianite army with those 300 men. The Lord said in Judges 7:2, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’
God was going to help Israel, but He was not going to give them an opportunity to take the credit for their success. He was going to show Himself strong on their behalf using the least confident leader. He was going to use less than 1% of Gideon’s army to accomplish something great.
God doesn’t need our help, but we are His hands, feet, and heart on earth. He has placed within all of us something that will help show the world who He is. It pleases Him when we take our eyes off our inadequacies and put our faith in Him.
He guides us to victories we don’t think are possible. He turns our weaknesses into tools that shape our destinies. He uses simple things to teach us our greatest lessons. He says “you can” when we say “not me.”