DEVOTION – DAY 113
Judges 6:15 “Feeling Inadequate”
Judges 6:15 “Pardon me, my Lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
Have you ever felt unworthy, ungifted or insignificant? Do you think you have little to contribute to God’s work in church or in the community you are in? Well, let us learn from Gideon. Gideon lived in Israel during a time when Israel was oppressed by the Midianites for 7 years. The Midianites raided the countryside, invading the land and left the Israelites with nothing. Gideon was driven to thresh his wheat in a sheltered and confined winepress for fear that the Midianites may come to take his wheat crop from him. But an angel of the Lord came to Gideon and called Gideon a mighty warrior causing Gideon to be surprised to be addressed in this manner. How could he be chosen to save Israel when he felt he could not even defend his own crops from the Midianites?
There are times in our lives when we feel inadequate compared to others. This is natural because no one can be good at everything. Everyone has areas of weaknesses. I am not musically gifted. I cannot even whistle properly. I am not good at anything mechanical and I cannot figure out how to operate the church’s AV console. But God is gracious and He has given me some gifts to use to serve Him. When I feel inadequate and think that others are more gifted and capable than I am, I am reminded in 1 Cor.1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the strong.” So, I am comforted that when God calls me to serve Him, He is capable to use my efforts no matter how weak they are to fulfill His eternal purposes. It is not about my weak efforts but all about God’s power through me to achieve His mighty purposes. That was what happened to Gideon. God chose him, an obscure farmer from a small tribe of Israel to lead the nation against the Midianites. God does that, so that Gideon cannot boast that it was because it was his bravery and battle skills that saved defeated the Midianites. It was because of God’s power through him that he won his battles. The same is true for myself.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to serve you. Thank you for the gifts of service you have given. Help us to use these gifts to further your work as we depend on your enablement and empowerment. Help us not to look at our inadequacies but to remember that you can multiply our efforts manifold as we depend upon you. In Jesus Christ’ name we pray. Amen.
- What do you think are the spiritual gifts that God has given you? Discuss.
- What is preventing you from using these gifts more to serve God?
- How do you overcome such feelings of inadequacy and discomfort in serving in a new area or out of your comfort zone? Discuss.
- What encouragement do you receive in this devotion to serve the Lord?