January 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
Gideon lived during a time when the presence of God was not that evident at all (Judges 6:11-24). When the angel greeted him with “the Lord is with you” (6:12), Gideon reacted in a way that many people still do today: “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” (6:13). The good things people tell about God do not make sense when it seems like God has abandoned us (6:13). The way in which God wants to proof His presence during times like this is very surprising though. God turned to Gideon and said, “Am I not sending you?” (6:14). God sends his people to represent Him during times when people doubt His trustworthiness or even that He exists at all. We may find the same excuses that Gideon uttered, namely that we are too weak or not important enough to represent God (6:15), but the fact remains that throughout the ages God used fragile human beings to represent Him among other people. God’s power is best illustrated through those who recognize the weakness in themselves, but understand that God are able to equip them with everything they need to be God’s representatives. People like you and me – vulnerable with plenty of limitations – are the very people who God empowered through his Spirit to be His representatives today. Where is God sending you today?