By Darlene Terry, Helping Hands-Harboring Hope
This is not a great time to be heading to India. I’m in the middle of an office move, have numerous deadlines I had to complete early, have dealt with numerous printing problems for the past week with some literature I need to take; our normal doggie caretaker can’t take care of our 4-legged babies; it’s 10PM and I have 3 more loads of laundry tonight….and yes, I’m exhausted. During tonight’s c…haos I checked e-mail for the must-do stuff and was intrigued by the title of an email from a high school classmate, ““Go in the strength you have.” It definitely sounded like something I needed to read right then and there. That e-mail spoke so directly to me that I began summarizing it for tonight’s post. But edits didn’t do it justice. So here’s the full content, and thank you James Eason for message and its timing:
“Go in the strength you have”
July 24, 2014
“Two readings have been great reminders for me this week. I wanted to share them with all of you.
In the first, the writer wrote about Gideon, and how our typical thoughts about Gideon are about the insecurity of his faith initially, and how God used the small number of men to come against the Midianites, proving that it was only through Him that it could have been accomplished. The writer then pointed out a key verse for all of us. It comes after Gideon’s response to the angel of the Lord stating that the Lord had abandoned them. It’s Judges 6:14.
“The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (NIV)
The second came today from Darlene Zschech. She begins by writing about the fact that Moses ran from his calling until he met God at the burning bush. Check out her advice to us.
“There is only one place to start: You must accept God’s gracious invitation to meet Him face-to-face in worship. You must take off your shoes in humble acknowledgement that wherever God is is holy ground. He doesn’t ask you to come before Him with everything figured out. He knows you aren’t strong enough for the task ahead, so you don’t have to have everything under control.
My friends, just worship. Worship the Almighty with reverence and awe. Let your praise and thanksgiving be all that you bring. He will provide everything else you need to face your past and accept the calling He has for you. These are great days of His power and grace.”
God’s power hasn’t changed since the burning bush. And, the directions to Gideon apply to all of us. You could easily rephrase Judges 6:14 for yourself. It would read like this. “Go in the strength you have and (insert what God has called you to here). Am I not sending you?”
He’s not asking you to have everything figured out before you start. It’s not about you having everything under control. He’s got that. He’s simply asking you to bring what He’s already given you to the next assignment, and constantly worship Him. He’s simply asking us to bring hearts dedicated to Him. He will take care of the plans and strength.
Choose to dedicate your heart to His desires today, … and come to Him in worship. He will take care of the rest.”
I think I can do this…and it’s so much simpler than trying to take it all on myself. It’s going to be alright. Thank you Lord for being in control.