One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Gideon. God used his story to ultimately move me from Wichita Falls to Lugansk, Ukraine in February 1994.
Each and every time I read Judges 6-8, God teaches me something from it. This morning as I was reading in chapter 6, Gideon was questioning the angel of the Lord about all the great stories he had heard from his forefathers. Gideon was obviously aware of the exodus from Egypt and, as a somewhat “child” he wondered why God had forsaken them.
Then, without answering Gideon, the Lord said “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the and of Midian; do not I send you. 6:14” The Lord asked Gideon to do something that apparently wasn’t in Gideon’s strength to do. Yet, the Lord has chosen him for just that task.
Gideon offers up a weak excuse in saying, “how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manesseh and I am the least in my father’s house. 6:15” Isn’t that just like us to suggest that!? Lord, I cannot because…my family is the weakest. Lord, I cannot because… I am the least in my family. Lord, I cannot because ____ (you fill in the blank).
In late 1993 and early 1994 I was just like Gideon. I was trying to offer up excuses for why I couldn’t move to Ukraine. I had felt God’s call to go back in May 1992 and I was running out of excuses. Then in January 1994, while sitting in a Promise Keepers meeting in Wichita Falls, God used some preacher who preached from this text to tell me that it was time to GO!
God is ready to use His children to fulfill His will, if only we will allow Him to do so. Like Gideon, we need to strive to be all that we can in doing the Lord’s will. We need to strive for greatness.