“’Pardon me, my lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’” (Judges 6:15, NIV)
It’s easy to feel insignificant or lost in this large, dynamic world. But sometimes, that very insignificance plays a key role in building God’s kingdom.
Gideon was the least in his family, and his clan was the weakest. God had a purpose for this. He wanted the people to realize that God was going to be the deliverer, and not the power and strength of the people themselves.
Paul said that he would boast of his weaknesses so the power of Christ could rest on him. Paul also said that God chose the weak things of the world to shame the wise.
Jesus used the two fish and five loaves of a young boy to feed 5,000 people.
These examples could indicate that being “weak” makes us the kind of vessel God can use to facilitate the marvelous works he is doing in our world. When we realize our weakness, we can begin to look beyond ourselves, to the capacity of almighty God.
If we haven’t discovered that our sufficiency comes from God, he will bring circumstances into our life to show just how weak we are in ourselves. We should think in terms of offering ourselves and what we have so God can do his work through us. Nothing is too difficult for him.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I looking to do things for God in my own strength, or do I trust in God’s power to work in and through me?