“But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” Judges 6:15 (NIV)
You have got to be kidding me. You want me to do what? Are you sure that you meant to ask me to take on such a large task? I‘m not sure that I can handle such a significant responsibility. What makes you think that I will be able to do what you ask of me? You won’t be able to do what I ask of you. Then we are in agreement. You should go and ask someone else that has more gifts and talents and abilities than I. Not so fast. No, we are not in agreement. You intended to ask me to do something that you knew I could not do? Is it your plan that I will fail in accomplishing what you have given me to do? Now, you are jumping to conclusions. How am I jumping to conclusions? You won’t fail in accomplishing what I have given you to do for me. Wait a minute, you said I wouldn’t be able to do what you asked me to do. Yes, I did. I did not say that you would fail to accomplish what I had given you to do. I’m lost. I don’t get it. Somehow, I won’t be able to do what you have given me to do, yet somehow I will accomplish what you have given me to do? That’s correct. I need help. I need clarification. I need an explanation. Yes, you do. I can see that.
There is something I want you to know. What’s that? I will always call you to do more than you can accomplish, on your own, without my help. You will never feel adequate. You will never feel equal to the task. You will feel overwhelmed. All of these feelings are good. How can that be? What will you do when you feel inadequate, unequal to the task and overwhelmed? I will cry out to you and ask for your help. Exactly, that is part of my plan. I will make you adequate. I will make you able. I will make you equal to whatever task I give you to do for me. But, you must always come to rely on me. You must ask for my help. I will be with you, I will help you. I will work in and through your life. I will do in and through you what you could have never done on your own without my help. Now, I understand. That’s good. Will you come to ask my help? Will you come to rely on me? Yes Lord, I will. Thanks for making me able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. It is my joy and pleasure to work in and through your life. That’s good. For that I am so thankful. That is very good.
Lord, sometimes I wonder why you have chosen me to do anything for you. Yet, I know you work through weakness to show your power. I give you lots of weakness to work through. Work in and through me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Amen
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