Judges 6-8, Psalm 72
As a physician, many of my fellow physicians do not believe in God. This would be in conflict with the god of their own intellect. During the earlier part of my residency, after spending two years studying the Bible, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. As I studied more, I realized that if God’s knowledge is represented by all of the water on the earth, my knowledge is represented by an 8 ounce glass of water, probably less. In fact, what I am amazed by, is that although, God does not need my 8 ounce glass of water, if I submit myself to Him, He will use it. When we see who God chooses to use to glorify His name, it is obvious that He can choose any willing vessel, irregardless of that individual’s qualities. Consider these individuals: Dwight L. Moody (no formal education), G. Campbell Morgan (turned down by the pulpit committee after his first sermon), many of the original Calvary Chapel Pastors (read their stories in the book, Harvest), Nick Vujicic (evangelist, born without limbs). Satan wants to make you focus on your weaknesses to paralyze you from being used.
In today’s reading we meet our next judge, Gideon. By now, it is fairly obvious that by the world’s standards these judges would not be likely choices. We first read about Gideon as he is hiding from the Midianites, while threshing the wheat, in Judges 6:11. In Judges 6:15, he describes himself, “So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” Our next hero, is actually a coward. But the Angel of the Lord (a Christophany or pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus) says in 6:12, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” God knows us better than we know ourselves. He sees what we ourselves are blind to. We see limitations, He doesn’t. He winds up being used mightily by God.
Though God wants to use each and every one of us, we often render ourselves unusable. Satan likes to whisper in your ear, God can never use you because (fill in the blank). Choices for the blank could be: I don’t have enough knowledge, no one will listen to me, I might offend someone, I’m not strong enough, I am not in a position to be noticed, etc. When we see whom God chooses to use in Scripture, we realize how false this is. Satan also whispers in your ear, you are very gifted in the area of (fill in the blank). Choices for the blank could be: intellect, looks, money, sense of humor, job, etc. Any gift not used for the glory of God becomes an idol. Paul states this so clearly in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” So no matter what our limitations or qualifications might be , may we respond like Isaiah did in Isaiah 6:8, “Here am I! Send me.”
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