The Need To Be Useful (Part 5)

There are several more examples in the Bible of God using people who were not the strongest, the biggest, the smartest, or those with the best social standing.  Another example is Gideon.  We see in Judges chapter 6 that God wanted Gideon to lead the Israelites in an attack against the Midianites.  He sent an angel to him while he was threshing wheat who said to him, “The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:12). Mighty man of valor?  Gideon was very unsure of his own ability, and he tried to convince the angel he wasn’t the guy for the job.  In verse 15 of Judges chapter 6, he replies to the angel, “And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”

Later in that same chapter we see that he is not convinced God can really work through him, so he gives God the now famous fleece test, saying that if God really will save Israel through him, as a sign he would set a fleece of wool on the threshing floor, and if there was dew on the fleece but the ground was totally dry, he would know that God was going to use him.  Even though the next morning the fleece was totally wet (it produced a bowlful of water), and the ground was totally dry, he still was not convinced.  Gideon then asked God to do the reverse so that the next day the fleece would be dry, but the ground would be wet.  God sure was patient with Gideon.  As unsure as Gideon was in his own ability, God answered his second request to let him know that no, there was no mistake, he was definitely the man He wanted to use for this purpose.

When God uses the weak, the flawed, the broken vessels, He gets all the glory.  When we cannot rely on our own strength, we know it is God working through us to accomplish His goals.  This is evident in I Corinthians 1 verses 26 through 29, which says, “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence.”  Can you see yourself in this verse?  If you believe the Bible, then you have to believe that God has chosen you, in your present condition, for a specific purpose.

Stay with me as we explore some possibilities of what God might have in mind for you.

 

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