Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 60:1-4 | Judges 6:1-40 | Luke 22:54-23:12 | Proverbs 14:5-6
Today’s Scripture Focus: Judges 6
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”  “But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian” (Judges 6:12-13 NIV).
The Bible often shows us that God sees the potential in us long before we do. Such was the case for Gideon. Based on what we read about Gideon, we might be tempted to see only his fears, his questions and his doubts. Gideon himself was surprised by God’s call: “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15 -ESV).
Yet God saw Gideon’s potential. In complete contrast to Gideon’s confession of his weakness, God calls him “Mighty Warrior!” He reminds Gideon that he has no reason to doubt or fear. He is being called by God to lead the people of Israel. What matters is not his inability, but God’s ability. The one God chooses can depend on him to provide all they need to accomplish the task they are given. When God calls us to a task, we need only know that He is with us.
When you are tempted to focus on your failures and your weakness, open your heart in prayer to God. Pour out your questions, doubts and fears. Then be silent. Perhaps in the silence, you too will hear God’s affirming words. Allow him to rename you according to your God-given potential. Don’t be afraid of the future. Press ahead in God’s strength to accomplish your God given calling.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your call. Thank you for providing everything necessary to accomplish the tasks you have given. Give me the strength and courage this day to be a Mighty Warrior for you. When I feel inadequate or discouraged, remind me of the potential I have in you. I wait in quietness—ready for a new name, ready for affirming words. Walk with me today as together we accomplish the tasks you have given. Amen.