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When The Weak Become Strong

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"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

Reading the beginning of the story of Gideon is like reading a psychological summary of an insecure man with trust issues. Not exactly a high-level candidate for organizational leadership.

But despite his lack of attractiveness to headhunters in contemporary organizations, God uses Gideon. He even patiently waits for Gideon to address his weaknesses.

God often uses the weak of this world. When He does this, the individual He chooses experiences the unmistakable and unforgettable power of God in and through his routines. Gideon certainly did. So can you.

After sharing the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector, Jesus says that “those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:14 NLT). In the next paragraphs, He adds that the kingdom of God belongs to those who humble themselves, like the tax collector, to those who come to Him the way little children come.

The psalmist Asaph expresses the same humility. While questioning God, he compares himself to sheep—not lions, tigers, or bears (Psalm 74:1).

Your areas of childlikeness and weakness are often the best places for God to show His power and strength. Will you let Him today?

Prayer: Lord, I open my areas of weakness for You to use as You see fit.