One day in Judges Chapter 6, God showed up in the person of His angel in the house of Gideon where he was threshing wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites and said to him “The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” The angel of the Lord greeted him with a greeting befitting war generals yet he was a man caged by his own fears. It was too much. So he replied the angel with a question, “Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
I expected the angel to take out time to explain some things to him but he did not. He said to Gideon, “Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?” and when he tried to give more excuses why he couldn’t be the man God wanted to use, all the reply was, “Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man”
As I mused over these lines recently, I discovered that God is indeed a missionary God. He has no intention of letting man go into self-destruct even though we do so deserve, so He is ever in the business of raising men to fulfil His saving will among men.
I also discovered that He is not always interested in the seemingly capable. He doesn’t want to use people who think they can. He is more interested in people who think they can’t but wish they could and are willing to be taught what to do. In other words, He is interested in turning the available men into able men.
You see, there is greatness within you. God put it there for a time such as this. God is not interested in your ‘how can it be me?’ stories. He knows that you are not strong as men would understand strength. He knows you are not so wise. He knows you are just a brother trying his best to get to heaven but you are made for more than that and God wants you to experience the best of what you were made to be.
God knows you have your fears. He knows you don’t want to look for satan’s trouble but the day you became a Christian, you also became a troubler of satan. You are already in the war. You cannot now hold back. You have to look above your fears and put your faith in God to work.
One of the things I noticed about Gideon was that he was conscious of the nation’s problem. His first response to the angel was not about himself but about the people of Israel. He was conscious about God’s heritage any one such as that attracts God.
Do you have a heart for the kingdom of God? Does ‘something’ stir in your heart every time you remember that some people are not saved or that some are sick and not getting any better? If you have such agitations in your spirit, then I make bold to say, God has need of you, no matter how inadequate you feel.
If only you can let go and ask the Lord to show you what you must do to advance the kingdom of God, you will see that God will begin to use you in ways you never imagined.
Before I close, I want to give a little but fundamental warning.
Don’t enter into a debate with God over your life. God wants to use you. Why not say ‘yes Lord?’ instead of arguing with Him about your being a stammerer or a weak man or an uneducated man and so on?
What I must bring out here is that I discovered that all those who gave God tough time before saying ‘yes’ did not find it easy with the people God asked them to lead. If you ask Moses, he will tell you that it was the people that annoyed him and he fell into temptation. He argued with God, so the people also argued with him.
If you also ask Gideon, he will tell you that he had issues with the Ephraimites. He kept giving God one test of confirmation to another and the Ephraimites also tried to frustrate him but if you ask Joshua, a man who accepted the responsibility not only to lead the children of Israel into the promised land but to also divide the land for them, he will tell you that no man ever stood against him in Israel all his days. In fact, God told him in Joshua 3: 7, “…This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.” And even before this in Joshua 1: 16 the people told him, “…All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go”. If you will agree with God, God will make your spiritual journey easy too.
The church conference season is on. Don’t hide. Get out there and do exploits for the lord for there is grace upon your life. There is something in you already. You don’t need to fear. The Spirit of God upon you right now is able to do what God needs to be done. Arise therefore and Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?