You May Be the Answer

Volunteer excavation 1See something wrong in the world? Know of a problem that needs fixing? Perhaps you are aware of the problem because God wants you to be part of the solution. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done and what you think you’re capable of. It doesn’t matter how much or how little experience you have. It doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t matter.

  And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?”  – Judges 6:14, ESV

The Midianites had a might army. The Israelites were turning from their sin and crying out to God. So God paid Gideon a visit and said the previous words to Gideon. Gideon looked at himself and basically said, “Who, me?” He made excuses like being an insignificant nobody in a family of insignificant nobodies. However, God wanted Gideon to lead the assault against the Midianites. It was never going to be about what Gideon was capable of doing. Rather, it was going to be about what God would do. Somebody would need to lead the Israelites against the Midianites. God choose Gideon. That was the end of the story.

Gideon wasn’t a professional soldier. We see no evidence of him being a brilliant tactician or some sort of special operations commander. He looks no different than any other Israelite, which means a part-time militiaman at best. Yet God choose him. God entrusted the nation to him. Not only that, but God stripped down the number of soldiers Gideon had available to a mere 300. Yet Israel won. It wasn’t about Gideon. It wasn’t about the Israelites. It was all about God.

That’s why, despite any thoughts you might have to the contrary, you may be the answer to a situation or issue. You may not have all the qualifications according to some human-developed checklist, whether your own or somebody else’s. What matters is God’s checklist. And if you’re on it, that’s good enough. Look at what God did through Gideon. Look at the long odds for success. Any normal person would have refused to sign-off on that mission. That’s the difference God makes. He turns the impossible into the possible. And that’s why, despite any self doubt you might have, He can make you the answer. Inquire of the Lord. See if you are to work to fix that problem.

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