Say yes to God

God can use you despite your fears and faults, just as he used Gideon.

by Susan Lessing

So often in our lives we may struggle to take control and we wait for someone else to take over. That is exactly the way Gideon felt. But God doesn’t want a perfect, sinless person. He simply wants us to be prepared to say yes for carrying out his work. When you feel that you are not important enough, or when you feel incapable, remember the words from Psalm 18:29: “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.”

Gideon’s feelings

The Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon without him realising it. It was during a time which was difficult for the Israelites, because they were being oppressed by the Midianites. The Angel greeted him and addressed him as a mighty warrior (Judges 6:12). But Gideon was weary and discouraged, and asked: “Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about…?” (Judges 6:13). Little did he know that God wanted to use him to do something great! He didn’t think himself capable because he was from a poor family and even among them he was of least importance.

Gideon’s command

Whether or not you think yourself important enough does not matter to God. He provides you with the knowledge and abilities you need to work in his kingdom. God sends Gideon to do his work: he must cut down the Asherah pole, pull down his father’s altar to Baal and build an altar for God. Then he must offer his father’s bull on the altar. God wanted to remind the Israelites that He is King. Gideon was too scared to destroy the altar in the daytime and therefore did it at night so that no one knew it was him. Despite his fears and doubts God still used Gideon to do his will. God’s counsel is predetermined; he knows what the consequences of events will be. He uses people to carry out his will. Even if you think you are weak and unimportant, the great and almighty God can and will use you to do his will.

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