Have you ever asked God to show you His will for your life? How did you respond?
God’s plans are usually pretty BIG and daunting.
I’ve prayed many times to know God’s will for my life, but I usually get awful squeamish when He answers.
What We Can Learn From Gideon
Look at what happens when God tells Gideon the plans He has for him.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12 NIV
An angel bursts into Gideon’s reality and calls him a mighty warrior. But, Gideon responds sort of like I do. He questions God. He doubts. He fixes his eyes on the circumstances instead of believing what God is telling him (in a pretty miraculous and awe-inspiring way I might add).
“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.” Judges 6:13 NLT
Again, this seems a lot like how I respond to God. It is whiny and full of doubt. Gideon lets the current situation rob him of his confidence in what he knew about God all his life. He doesn’t see how to deal with the present difficulties so, he questions God’s intentions and trustworthiness. Look at what happens next.
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” Judges 6:14 NLT
God calls each and everyone of us to do our part in rescuing ourselves and others. He has a plan for our lives. He wants us to GO with what we have – even though he knows it won’t be enough – so He can prove to us and everyone else that He is good and worthy of our devotion.
Gideon is unmistakably called to fulfill a God-given mission. However, like me, Gideon wavers.
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6:15 NLT
Again, Gideon is focused on himself and not on God. He doesn’t understand that God can use five loaves and two fish to feed thousands! Gideon doesn’t realize that God’s power works best through our weakness. Look at how God responds to Gideon’s protest.
The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.” Judges 6:16 NLT
Oh, yeah! God can do so much more than we can hope or imagine if we’ll just obediently do what He asks of us. Do you trust Him?
Beat the Doubt and Fulfill Your Mission
I certainly relate to Gideon. I doubt and question God all the time instead of really believing in what His Word tells me about myself and about His character.
God is trustworthy. He probably won’t do things the way we expect, but He will be faithful. He will give you everything you need to fulfill what He’s calling you to do.
Stand up and fight! Bring God what you have, start now and He’ll help you live out the plan for your life.