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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“So he said to Him, ‘O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.’”—Judges 6:15 (NKJV)
There is a saying in the body of Christ: God uses a willing heart. This means there are those of us who lay down our lives at the feet of Christ and say, “Here I am. Send me” (Isaiah 6:8 NLT). Then there are those of us whose feet are doing other things . . . leading flocks like Moses or beating out wheat in the wine press like Gideon. Quite unexpectedly, the Lord calls them to action.
My feet were barely wet in the Word when the Lord thrust me into ministry. Before long, I was counted among leadership, running a women’s Bible study, hosting a home Bible study, and attending prayer meetings on a regular basis. Each experience was terrifying, and I was utterly shaken. I remember pleading with God, “Me? Now? I’m not ready!” And that’s when the Lord led me to Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV), which says, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of Hosts.”
The first part of the verse encouraged and sustained me, but God’s name in that verse transformed my way of looking at the service set before me. It illuminated who God is. The Hebrew word for “hosts” in that name is saboath, which means “army.” Terror turned to confidence knowing that I was part of this great heavenly army commanded by an unshakeable God. With that in my pocket, I trusted that God would not send me where He would not go with me or down a path He had not prepared.
Like Moses and Gideon, we are all experts at judging and doubting ourselves. But check this out: even before Gideon listed his disqualifications in verse 15, God had already qualified him by naming him as a “valiant warrior” in verse 12. That was what God saw; that was who He created.
Another saying that circulates the church is that God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. In Romans 4:17 (KJV), Paul says that God has called “those things which be not as though they were,” meaning that in His righteousness, power, and might, He has equipped you for your calling. So, in that unexpected calling, ask Him, “Who do You say that I am?”
DIG: Look up all the names of God to learn of His many attributes and character.
DISCOVER: Keep a journal to write down those things you have been called to do. If you haven’t done them, what’s holding you back?
DISPLAY: Take a step of faith and see what trusting God can do when you walk out in His strength. List those in your journal and share with others.
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.