The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’” (Judges 7:2)
It’s not that God wants weak people, per se. In fact, as you look at some of the people that God has used over time, there have been some very strong people (like Samson, David’s mighty men, Saul, etc.). There is, however, an important lesson to be learned that builds on yesterdays devotional thought (see “Rethink Your List”).
When Gideon’s army was preparing to face the Midianites, God determined that there were too many people. As a result, He began a process of whittling down the ranks until there would be absolutely no question as to whether or not God’s hand was on the victory. In fact, the means of victory would be so ridiculous that news of the Lord and His power would spread across the land.
Lest you be tempted to think that you’re something special and that God chose you because of some ability you have, just take a moment to remind yourself of Gideon’s situation. He came from a weak clan, and he was the least in his family. He wasn’t special or even talented; He was simply willing. It’s tough to get a big head when that’s all you bring to the table.
It doesn’t matter in what capacity you serve God. You could be a volunteer, a small group leader, a worship leader, or a pastor. Or maybe God is using you to reach out to someone outside of the local church and to impact lives in the secular realm. Whatever your position, be sure to attribute your success to the Lord’s graciousness. He doesn’t have to use you. There are many other people who could have the privilege that you enjoy.
Keep your head in check. And when you humbly serve Him, be prepared to see Him do amazing things through You.
Lord, it’s so easy to think that I live for the purpose of making a name for myself. The truth is that I will pass in such a short time, and my name will quickly be forgotten. Help me to live with a knowledge that anything good I accomplish for Your kingdom is due to the fact that You were gracious enough to use me. Keep me humble so You alone receive the glory.