He was a young man. His family the weakest amongst his people and he had the least to offer in his family. He saw himself as weak, insignificant, and lacking courage. He was discouraged and anxious. But the Lord greeted him like this: "Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!"
His name: Gideon.
Today, we probably recognize him as the guy God used to lead 300 men to defeat the large Midianite camp with a bunch of rams horns, clay pots, and torches. But before that, Gideon was well known for something else.
His reputation: the guy who destroyed the alter to Baal and then had the gumption to tell the people who wanted to kill him for it: "Let Baal defend himself".
This was no little prank. This was a statement.
This took courage.
This took grit.
This took... a mighty hero.
And God picked the weak guy to do it. The guy who had the least to offer. The guy who lacked courage and saw himself as insignificant and the least likely candidate. That's the guy who people curiously talked about. His reputation proceeded him. He was the guy who in the face of a cruel enemy stood for the God of Israel. After that he was called "Jerub-baal" which means "Let Baal defend himself". Literally... his name was changed because of this event. The very thing that he didn't think he was strong enough for or courageous enough to do became what he was known for: his identity. How crazy is that? But isn't that how God works? Doing the seemingly impossible using the most improbable.
Our God takes the weak and seemingly insignificant and confounds the world.
Often times we see our weakness and think we are somehow less valuable or less usable. Yet that isn't true. When we say that God is sovereign - we are actually acknowledging that God is powerful enough to work in and through ALL things...He is over all things. He doesn't just take the good and make it better. God is in the business of redemption. He takes the broken, weak, insignificant, and bad to bring about good...to show the world who He is. He is the God who is powerful enough to use all things.
What we see as weakness, God sees as an avenue by which He can be glorified. Because of that, we no longer have to be ashamed of our weaknesses. They are truly a part of an innately powerful message. Our God is in the business of redemption. He is mighty and good. And our God is powerful enough to work in and through ALL things.
So acknowledge your weaknesses. Don't hide them. Don't deny them. Don't skip over them. Because God works mightily through them and they are an important part of the story.
"'But Lord,' Gideon replied, 'How can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!'. The LORD said to him, ' I will be with you..." -Judges 6:15-16a
The Adopted & Redeemed Blog was born out of a desire to share God's story in my life, and to proclaim His truth for all Christians: through Christ, we have been Adopted and Redeemed.