How Can I...?

“Please, Lord, how can I…?”

Gideon’s response to God’s call on his life read familiar. Much like I myself have been before, Gideon was unsure of this calling on his life, this huge task the Lord was telling him he would do. After all, he was the youngest of his family, and his clan was the weakest of the bunch. His question, by human standards, is valid. Who was he to be the one to save Israel? How could he be the one to save Israel?

The answer Gideon was given is one that my soul is clinging to.

BUT I WILL BE WITH YOU.

It didn’t matter that Gideon was young and his clan weak. It didn’t matter that there may have been men mightier and more naturally equipped to handle the task. It didn’t matter that the odds were against him. No matter what excuse for being unqualified he could have uttered, the answer wouldn’t have altered. Because the answer the Lord gave him is the only answer he – or I, or you, my friend – need.

BUT I WILL BE WITH YOU.

No matter the excuses in your head for why you can’t fulfill what God is asking you to do, that answer remains true.

You say, “I’m not enough.”
He says, “BUT I WILL BE WITH YOU.”

You say, “I’m afraid.”
He says, “BUT I WILL BE WITH YOU.”

You say, “There are others better able to handle this task.”
He says, “BUT I WILL BE WITH YOU.”

You say, “This is outside my comfort zone.”
He says, “BUT I WILL BE WITH YOU.”

I’m weak. I’m not good at public speaking. I’m too young. I’m too old. I’m afraid to fly. I can’t share that; it’s too personal. This will be dangerous. I’d have to leave my family. People might be upset with me. People will judge me. No one will listen. It’s too familiar to change. It’s too unknown to pursue. 

BUT I WILL BE WITH YOU.

Just like He was with Gideon, who was clothed in the Spirit of God and moved forward to victory- He will be with you.

When the Holy Spirit speaks to you and stirs your heart to act, the Lord will faithfully complete that work. You may feel weak and unqualified – you may be weak and unqualified; there very well could be things you are called to that are outside your comfort zone, seem impossible, or are beyond your reach for one reason or another. But His grace is sufficient, and His power is made perfect in weakness. Trust that He is who He claims to be. Trust that He goes before you and will be with you.

And whatever way you’re meant to go, move forward. 

 

“He gives power to the faint and to him who has no might He increases strength.” -Isaiah 40:29 ESV