Weak and Strong
Eternal God, help me to let go of the past and face the future in trust. You are my dwelling place.
Read JUDGES 7:1-14
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
With God on our side we are part of the overwhelming minority. Remember, God’s wisdom is far greater than ours.
The big moment has arrived. By the Spirit’s work through Gideon, a massed occupation has provoked a massed response. Gideon is convinced that God will give victory, though how he will do it is still beyond him. In fact, God’s “how” would be beyond any of us in that situation. A numerically huge enemy surely requires a numerically huge repelling force! Well, not if God is the repelling force. God said to Gideon, You’ve got too many men. It can’t be done with this many. The issue in the battle wasn’t actually the defeat of the enemy, per se, it was the honor of God among his people. Their concern was to get rid of the oppressors. God’s concern was for his own glory. So the Israelite army is trimmed down twice until it becomes “the three hundred” (8).
First reminder: How easily we slip into a mentality that’s normal in the world. Running counter to its wisdom is the mentality of faith. When you’re strong, you’re weak, and you end up being glorified. When you’re weak, you’re strong, and Christ is glorified.
Then God does a lovely thing. He knows Gideon’s fearful heart. For all his obedience and faith, he still needs strength of will. So God comes to him with encouragement and wise advice; God overcomes Gideon’s fears without condemning him. What a wonderful Pastor for his frightened sheep! What a fierce foe for his enemies!
Second reminder. God knows when you need a boost. He remembers your frame and knows you are dust (Psa. 103:14). You don’t need to put on a brave face with God today. He won’t condemn you for having fears; he loves to strengthen you when you’re willing to acknowledge your weakness.
List some of your weaknesses, and ask the Father to give you greater faith in Christ, and grace to be strong in his strength (Eph. 6:10).
Merciful Father, I know that Your strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). I’m grateful that You can take me with my weakness and use me for Your glory.
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