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If it had been me, I would have stayed in the winepress. Especially when I heard someone call out, “Mighty hero!” I would have known for sure it wasn’t for me. Just beat that wheat; that was definitely something I could do. “Beat the wheat!” “Beat it!” My winepress theme song.
“Go … and rescue Israel from the Midianites.” There’s that voice again.
Now I know that whoever is out there has a few screws loose. Me, rescue us from 120,000 Midianites? We don’t have even half that with all our men mustered. Many of them haven’t even fought before. And I’m not a leader. I’m the least of my clan. Of all the people you could pick, why me?”
But then he says, “I am sending you.”
Like Gideon, I’m good at excuses. I have a pool of them to draw from at any time even if I don’t need them. I have people all around me to call upon, but I feel like it’s all up to me. Sometimes I feel like I can’t remember from one day to the next. Tasks are piling up like the papers on my desk and I don’t know where to start unraveling everything. I feel like it’s too late. I feel like I’m too slow. And if all else fails, I can always blame Marti.
But the Lord doesn’t listen to my excuses. Why? Because He himself is the answer to every one of them. He sure didn’t pay any attention to Gideon’s excuses. He only said, “Go with the strength you have.” And then the five most important words of all — the same five words Jesus said to the disciples when He told them to go make disciples of all the nations — “I will be with you.”
That seals the deal every time. You just can’t get around that. “I will be with you.” What more is there?
God had so much confidence in Gideon and therefore hopefully Gideon would believe in himself as a leader even though it was a struggle. Nothing like the words “I am always with You.” I need to remember that one myself and I know I am not alone. Take care, God Bless, and thanks.