|No one had to tell Gideon he was weak. He knew this was true. By his own admission, he wasn’t born in the right tribe. He was the least likely in his family to succeed. He threshed his wheat near a winepress for fear of the Midianites. He waited until nightfall before destroying an altar because he was afraid of his own people. He asked God for three different signs so he could make sure God had really chosen him. The night before Gideon was to attack the enemy, God had to use the dream of an enemy soldier to convince Gideon that he would be victorious.
Gideon was honest about his shortcomings, but he was also smart enough to know when to close his mouth and obey God. God’s response to Gideon’s excuses was a promise that He would be with him. He already knew Gideon’s limitations. (He had created him, after all.) Suddenly, Gideon could no longer use his inadequacy as an excuse. As I. Gordon said in his article “Gideon and the Power of Weakness,” God plus Gideon’s weakness put Gideon in the majority.
God sees treasure where we can only see trash. He sees mighty men and women of valor where we can only see little value. If He could use the weakness of Gideon to confound the mighty hosts of Israel’s enemy, then He can use people like us who are little in our own sight to do great things for Him.
Are you timid and fearful? Do you struggle with low self-esteem? Do you feel like you have nothing of value to offer God? Do you sometimes wish God would have called someone else to do the work you are struggling to do? Then you are the perfect candidate for God’s program. You might think yourself to be a mouse, but God wants you to roar. Trust in His ability to perform the tasks He has given you, and you will be victorious.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.