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So, What's Your Excuse?

Gideon was a mighty warrior for God (Judges 6-8). But, Gideon started out a timid man. God told Gideon that he was going to use him to deliver Israel from the Midianites. God promised to be with Gideon and cause him to be successful. Because Gideon had little faith in God, he asked God to prove his promise by a sign: that a wool fleece put out overnight would be wet with dew, but the ground around it would be dry. So, God did it. Gideon then asked that God give him another sign. This time that the fleece would be dry, and the ground around it would be wet with dew. Again, God did it.

When the Lord initially spoke to him, Gideon had many excuses why God could not use him. "How can I save Israel, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least of my family." (Judges 6:15) Gideon was saying more about what he believed about God than he was about himself. He didn't trust God. His faith was weak.

How like Gideon we are today. We like to think we are trusting God. But, then, we tell ourselves, "God couldn't possibly use me, I'm nobody." And, with that, we excuse ourselves from serving him. Although we may sound humble to ourselves, we are telling God we won't serve him. We are telling God we don't trust him.

There's good news in the story of Gideon. God was patient with him. He told Gideon, "Go in the strength you have." In essence, God was encouraging Gideon, as if to say, "Trust me, you can do this." In the end, God did deliver Israel from their enemies, and he used Gideon to do it. In the process, Gideon learned to trust God. He went from being a timid farm worker to successfully leading Israel in battle. During Gideon's lifetime, the land enjoyed peace forty years. (Judges 8:28)

God wants to work in and through you to accomplish his purposes, just like he did with Gideon. If you obey God you will see him do amazing things. Don't worry if you're feeling a little timid. God is patient. He will let you start wherever you are, and grow in faith from there. God is inviting you to join him in his Kingdom work. Don't miss out on the most rewarding experience you'll ever have.  Pastor Daniel Rhodes

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