“The LORD is my strength and my song, he has become my salvation.” Psalm 118:14
Do you ever feel like the challenges of life you’re facing are too much for you—like you can’t handle anymore? You just don’t have the strength for it?
Gideon lived in very troubled times. Foreign armies—the Medianites, the Amelekites and other eastern countries– invaded the country and plundered the fields and killed the livestock. For this reason, Gideon and other Israelites lived in mountain caves and harvested at night. One day an angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon. “The Lord is with you mighty warrior,” he said.“ Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of the Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you.”
“How can I save Israel?” Gideon said. “My clan is the weakest in the nation and I am the least in my family.”
“I will be with you,” The Lord said. “Go in this your strength.” In other words, “I am your strength and that’s all the strength you need.’
And in that strength, with a very small army, Gideon defeated a huge army and brought peace to Israel. How did Gideon do it? He listened to God rather than his feelings. He moved ahead step by step as God gave him direction. He gave God the freedom to work out His plan.
If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ’
I PRAY THAT out of his glorious riches he may strengthen me with power through his Spirit in my inner being so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith (Ephesians 3:16). Today I will remember that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission
To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com
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