Saturday, April 26
Posted: Saturday, April 26
Verse of the day:
The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” (Judges 6:12)
I don’t know about you, but this verse does my heart good. In the movie, “Nacho Libre,” Jack Black is tired of losing his wrestling matches so he prays, "Precious Father, why have you given me this desire to wrestle and then made me such a stinky warrior? Have I focused too much on my boots and all my fame and my stretchy pants?" The ironic thing about Nacho’s second question is that his boots are pathetic, his fame is a fantasy, and his stretchy pants are totally ridiculous. There was something more to his life than this and he was missing it.
Most people struggle to see themselves the way God sees them. We so easily get caught up in the wrong things believing they are what matters. As such, we can define ourselves by possession, position, or performance. And ironically, in God’s eyes (which is the truth I might add), all these things are small potatoes and in some cases just plain silly.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, Gideon was hiding in a wine press, threshing wheat just to survive a few more days. At this time, the nation of Israel was oppressed by an occupying army of Midianites. Fear and starvation were the strategy’s they employed to keep the Israelites under their boot and it was working. But God had a plan for Israel and His plan included Gideon.
Gideon was a simple man who was about to become a judge, a man who was hand-picked by God to lead a righteous rebellion. Gideon wasn’t a hero; he probably felt more like a zero. But God saw something more in this solitary man and He sees something more in you. We may see failure but God sees a future. We may see hurt but God sees a testimony. We may see brokenness but God see a the birth of a ministry. Maybe we are just trying to make it through the day but God wants to use us to make a difference in our day. And just like Gideon, the Lord is with you.
What does God see in you? What is He trying to tell you about your life? Take a moment today to dream and pray about what you may call life’s “impossibilities.” What does God have to say about these things and how might God use you to be a difference-maker? Today just might be the day of a new beginning for you, for your family, for your church, or for your nation. Take heart “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”
Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor