January 09, 2011

What does God see in you?

Have you ever wondered why God would call you into service for Him? You know your own heart and can clearly see your own sin. Your areas of weakness are so glaringly obvious to you.

Whatever is God thinking?

What does God see in you? I’m sure Gideon had the same questions that you do. He appears to be a weak and timid man yet God calls him a “mighty man of valor”. (Judges 6:12 KJV) Can’t you just imagine Gideon looking over his shoulder to see who God is talking to and then asking “you can’t mean me?” Again in verse 14 God repeated “Go, in this thy might”. Gideon’s response in verse 15 reveals how inadequate Gideon feels.

Judges 6:15 (King James Version)
And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
Gideon demanded a sign and even that wasn’t enough so he also put out a fleece because he still had doubts about what God was calling him to do. However, God used this timid hero to roust out the Midianites thereby delivering Israel from their seven year oppression. What did God see in Gideon? The answer is found in Judges 6:25-27 and Judges 7:2.

  • Judges 6:25-17 Gideon had to deal with his sin. God told him to tear down the altar to Baal that his father had built and then to build an altar to God. Gideon then offered a burnt sacrifice.
  • Judges 7:2 Gideon realized his own weakness and that it was not his strength but God’s.

God has called you precisely because you do see your own sin and weakness. You are someone that He can show Himself strong through. You understand what Paul is saying in 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV):

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

You have a choice to make Are you willing to step out after hearing God whisper to you as He did to Gideon “Have not I sent you?” Are you willing to accept what God sees; someone who sees their own sin and weakness and who reaches out for His grace and His strength?

Further study on this is found in Maria's ebook:  Soul Care, God's Way

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