The strength you have
Judges 6:13-14 – “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”
All Gideon could see was their (the Israelites) circumstance. He was so disappointed, so frustrated and so let down by their circumstance. He felt abandoned, forgotten and mislead. Even to the point of blaming God for where they are and what had happened to them. He couldn’t see a way forward.
But what I love about this verse is that God doesn’t get angry or annoyed with Gideon for blaming Him. Instead He empowers him to carry on. He shows Gideon what is already in his hand. He opens Gideon eyes to the strength he already has.
Are you frustrated by your circumstance? Are you feeling let down or disappointed? No matter how big or small the situation is, it’s easy to think that God has forgotten about you, or led you down the wrong road.
Here’s a reminder of the strength you already have, so that you can carry on. God has placed the most powerful weapon, the most powerful defense in your hands – His Word. Everything you need is in His Word. Every promise, every encouragement, every piece of guidance is written in the Bible in order to transform your life. He wants to take you from strength to strength.
So go today, tomorrow, and every day onwards, with the strength you have to face any battle.