Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Go with the strength you have.

Judges 6:14 Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”

The Israelites were under great oppression.  The Midianites were controlling them and making life difficult for them.  God called Gideon to rescue the Israelites from the Midianites.  Gideon was a farmer working on the family farm.  He wasn’t sure about this.  He did not believe he was the right man for the job.  He felt so inadequate. 

I like that phrase, ‘Go with the strength you have.” The Lord does not expect us to do more than we are capable of doing. He doesn’t ask us to first become someone we’re not before we enter into his service. He simply says to, “Go with the strength you have.”The road to God’s blessings begins with just getting up and doing. We must do what we can do, and nothing more. We will never experience victory by not trying. No matter the task, it is doable if we but tackle it with the strength we have. When we strive to obey the Lord to the best of our ability, He supplies whatever we may lack. He knows what needs to be done and what it will take to get it done. He never gives us a task to do that is beyond our ability to do it.

Some things may be challenging, but challenge is good for us. It helps us to gain confidence and learn to trust in God’s willingness to help us. If the challenge seems too much for you to handle, it’s not. The Lord knows what you are capable of better than you do. He will never ask you to do what you can’t do through Him.

Don’t look at the size of the task. Instead look at the size of your God. And, if your task seems bigger than your God, you need to dig deeper into His Word and discover just how great our God is.

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