Day 17. Unheroic Heroes #2

Heb. 11:31-33    By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised

In our last devotional we talked about how the writer of Hebrews, in his great chapter listing heroes of faith, listed some that are not quite as heroic as Noah or Abraham.  We talked about Rahab last time, but this time I’d like to focus our attention on Gideon.  We know Gideon for His battle against the Midianites when God cut Gideon’s army down from 32,000 to 300 to go up against a combined force of 135,000 men.  We love that story, but remember that God almost had to twist Gideon’s arm to make him go.  First the angel appeared to him and told him that the Lord was with him.  He was still hesitant so the Lord told him “Go in the strength you have. . . I am sending you”.  Gideon still was reluctant and he asked for the sign of the wet fleece.  When God granted that sign, it still wasn’t enough—Gideon wanted another one, and God granted it.  Gideon didn’t see himself the way God saw him, but God used him anyway.

The beautiful message to me is what the Lord said when he told Gideon “Go in the strength you have. . .”  When we bring God what we have, he makes it enough.  We just have to be willing to bring Him what we have.

Prayer:  Almighty God, thank you for calling us to your service, even when we don’t feel capable or worthy.  Help us to trust that when we go in the strength we have, You add the strength you have and that is always enough.  May we yield our stubborn wills to You and let You do through us the things You call us to do.

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