Thursday, August 20, 2009
God’s strength is perfected in our weakness.
My morning devotions are rekindling our passion for missions, although we never doubted that God had a call on our lives, lately we are reminded daily, during Sunday sermons, and everytime we turn the radio on...we are getting it Lord.
Today I had Judges 6 v 14 written down on a sticky note. I was not sure what it was a reference to, so I thought before throwing it away I should Google the verse.
(thanks to http://www.word-on-the-web.co.uk/studies/week287.htm)
Judges 6 v 14-16 The LORD turned to Gideon and said, “Go with your strength and save Israel from the Midianites. I am the one who is sending you.” But Gideon answered, “Lord, how can I save Israel? My family group is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least important member of my family.” The LORD answered him, “I will be with you... Gideon’s response to his mighty commission tells us a lot about the man, but also probably tells us a lot about ourselves as well. How would you respond to God, if he appeared to you and gave you the task he gave Gideon? Would your response be, “I’ll get right on with it; you chose wisely in me Lord, I’m the prefect candidate”? Or are you more likely to react like Gideon, who said, “You don’t mean me do you? Don’t you know my background? Aren’t you aware of my circumstances? Can’t you see how weak and pathetic I am?” Gideon’s perspective was distorted; he only saw himself through his own eyes. Eyes that only had one view of the world, a world where God’s people were defeated and dejected and feeling deserted, resorting to hiding in caves. It is like Gideon saw his world through a pair of glasses that were blurred, tinted and scratched by his experiences of life. Wouldn’t it be great if, when you became a Christian, God gave you a new set of lenses to wear that would let you see everything the way God sees it? Life would take on new meaning and everything would be much clearer! However faith isn’t that simple. The truth behind this story is that we put much less value on our lives than God does. We have a limited view of who we are or what we can achieve for him. Gideon thought he was useless and inadequate; God thought he was a mighty warrior. Who was right in the end? The Lord of course!
Gideon wasn’t the only one who felt inadequate. Jussi reminded me yesterday of how God spoke to Moses, and told him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt . But, Moses said to God, “Why me? Send someone else. Then there was Jeremiah, when God told him that He had appointed him as a prophet to the nations, who said to the Lord, “I am only a child.” We, Jussi and I have made excuses and have not fully believed that He can use us in the same mighty and powerful way that He used Gideon, Moses and Jeremiah.
Allowing Jesus to be the center of our self esteem...WOW. He sees much more in us than we see ourselves. God has said to every believer; He has called us, He has anointed us, He has set His seal of approval on us, and He has sent us in His name.
“The Lord is with you mighty warrior, go in His strength!” Go into all the world and preach the good news, for the Lord has promised, “I will be with you, even to the end of the age.”
I get it Lord! I really do! We do! Jussi and I know we are called, give us the vision, direct us, guide us and show us your way!