In the Strength You Have

Gideon was an unlikely hero. He was threshing wheat in a most unlikely place, a winepress, in order to hide from Israel’s enemies. An angel of the Lord met him there and said to him, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” (Judges 6:12).

Mighty warrior? Really? God apparently saw the potential in Gideon, even while he was in hiding. God had plans for Gideon, and he sent him out to do great things. Gideon had some questions and reservations along the way, but he stepped out in faith and trusted God to be with him.

Perhaps the key verse in Gideon’s calling is Judges 6:14—“The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

We get our meaning in life from the sense that God has a purpose for us. He calls us to himself and sends us out to do things that we could never accomplish without his help.

The world may never see you as a hero, but God views you as a mighty warrior as long as you stay faithful to his call. You may feel as weak and insignificant as Gideon did, but the message to us is essentially the same—“Go in the strength you have.”

Let’s all continue on our journey of faith—in the strength we have—knowing that God is with us every step of the way.

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