God doesn’t give us faith to put in our pockets to use at a later time. He gives us faith for the moment and tomorrow, He gives us faith for then and the next day and the next.

Do you believe this? Or are you the kind of person who wants faith stored up way ahead?

Guess what? God doesn’t give us faith in advance. Instead we have to step out on faith, believing that Christ will give us the strength we need to complete the task ahead.

The key is that in spite of our fear, God sees that we can be people of faith.

In today’s passage, we see that Gideon had at least enough faith to pray boldly. So boldly that it might make some of us shake our heads in amazement. And yet, Gideon wasn’t rebuked for praying like this. God knew he was the man for the task ahead so He gave Gideon the answers he needed.

Gideon didn’t ask a wimpy “Bless Me” prayer. He sought a specific miraculous answer from God. It certainly took faith to risk God’s displeasure. Gideon understood God’s mercy and compassion on his weakness, so he asked boldly for an answer.

And the answer was always the same. Gideon was God’s man and he needed to do God’s work.

Do we need to understand this same truth? God will give us the faith and He needs us to do His work. Let’s get past our fear and take a leap of faith.

Weave in faith and God will find the thread. – Proverb

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder