..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Devotions from the Heart: Being Sent By The Lord

by Pastor Derek Gitsham

Being Sent By The Lord

And the Lord looked upon him, and said,
“Go in this thy might, and thou shall
save Israel from the hand of the
Midianites: have I not sent thee?” Judges 6:14

The occasion of this encounter with Gideon
and the angel was a very low time in the
life of Israel. The angel said to Gideon
“The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of
valor.” Gideon’s response shows us his
heart, “If the Lord is with us, why then is
all this befallen us?” Most of us would reply
the same. Why all these troubles, problems,
hurtful, painful experiences? It is consoling
to learn that the Lord is with us during these
times, an obvious point with the angel in
saying this, for he could see clearly God was
with him.

Gideon was living in fear at this time, threshing
wheat by the winepress to hide it from the
Midianites. God never sees things the way we
see them, his approach to Gideon was to tell him
how He saw everything. Our verse tells us that
the Lord told him to “Go in thy might, have I
not sent thee?”

Gideon was totally unaware of any strength,
boldness, power or whatever. However, God
recognized and saw it, and knew it to be so.
The phrase, “Have I not sent thee?” says it
all. Because the Lord was sending Gideon,
although in his own strength he was weak,
now God was sending him and he was a man of
might. God never asks a man to do anything
without equipping him to do what He requires.

The emphasis must be on God sending us, if we
are sent by God there is nothing we cannot do.
In fact, our names should be called “mighty
men of valor”, as once the Lord has intervened,
weakness becomes strength and what was too weak
to fight now has become the power of God. Oh,
to be sent by God in these days, endued with
power, for only His mighty power will accomplish
anything in this world for His glory.

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