And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? 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. And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
So often God uses the weakest and the smallest—the least—to accomplish His purposes. He is so great and so mighty that we don’t have to be anything at all for Him to use us. We don’t have to be strong or great or big in any way if He is with us, because He is all that we aren’t and more. Doesn’t He come seeking for the poorest and the least to be used so that He can be greatly glorified? Isn’t His strength made perfect in our weakness?
When Gideon looked at himself, he didn’t see anything special. He didn’t see a mighty warrior, but a poor and lowly man. He wasn’t even stronger than anyone in his family, let alone the great enemies of Israel. But those are exactly the qualities that made him usable by God. Too often we look at our own weaknesses and may feel that those things disqualify us from serving God or obeying what He’s called us to. But it is those lacks that He can most work through, because He fills us with His power and His strength.
Let’s not look upon our own smallness in dismay. Let’s not focus so much on who we aren’t, but who God can make us into. He rarely seeks out the strongest and the best to do impossible things. He knows the pride of men and how much they would exalt their own greatness if He were to do so. And He doesn’t call us to some hard task depending on us to be able to do it, but He calls us out wanting us to go depending on Him, because He is going with us to show Himself mighty and reveal His own glory.
God knew who Gideon was when He called him to this task. But He chose him anyway and used him mightily to deliver Israel from the Midianites. And God knows who we are when He calls us to do something for Him. He even knows how we see ourselves and the challenges we’ll have to overcome along the way. He knows we’ll need to trust Him. He knows how He can use us. But we have to be willing to believe Him. We have to be willing to let go of those insecurities, knowing that God is with us and He is able to do what we never can. So let’s embrace those things in us that make us useful to God and go out in faith to accomplish His will.