“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?’…Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon” Judges 6:14, 34.
Our daughter Caroline has been away at college and graduated this past December. She was fortunate enough a year or so ago to have landed a job in her major during her senior year. In mid-July she will be moving home after her lease expires, and is currently looking for a job. She has had her own resources to support herself over the past three months but that will soon change. She will have to rely on our resources until her bank account is built up again. Because of our loving relationship with Caroline, Bruce and I are more than happy to provide for her during a time when her funds are not enough. Through our relationship she has access to the resources we have that will supplement whatever she lacks. In considering this, I am reminded of Gideon this morning as God was requiring him to move in faith, relying only on Him. The Lord promised him that as he moved in his own strength God’s power would supplement the rest. Because of his relationship with God, Gideon had access to all of God’s resources.
I am blessed this morning to be reminded that whatever we lack God provides through our relationship with Him. When we are faced with a situation that requires more than we are able to accomplish on our own, we can know that we have a Father who has a bank account of provisions. He not only is able but He is waiting for us to come to Him to exchange our lack for his excess. I love the order of commands that God laid out for Gideon. He placed the call on his life – go! He then gave him the promise – deliverance! He followed up with the confirmation – Am I not sending you? Then he completed the call with His power – the Spirit came upon Gideon. God supplemented whatever Gideon lacked and the results were deliverance.
‘We must remember the unseen supply within us instead of being distracted by what is around us. We have a power source in our souls that give us the authority to access through Christ – anytime, anyplace. Our resources are in our relationship with Jesus Christ. We must tap into the power source, and prepare to be surprised by His ability operating in our lives.’ Gideon, p. 91.