Do you ever think about all the things wrong with the world? Ever wonder why someone doesn’t do something about it? Ever wonder why God doesn’t do something about it? Today I read the Book of Judges:
and the messenger of the LORD appeared to him and said: The LORD is with you, you mighty warrior! “My lord,” Gideon said to him, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are his wondrous deeds about which our ancestors told us when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ For now the LORD has abandoned us and has delivered us into the power of Midian.”
The LORD turned to him and said: Go with the strength you have, and save Israel from the power of Midian. Is it not I who send you? But he answered him, “Please, my Lord, how can I save Israel? My family is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the most insignificant in my father’s house.” The LORD said to him: I will be with you, and you will cut down Midian to the last man.
This is not a new message, but I was surprised to find it buried in the old testament. I was surprised to feel like Gideon, whose story I had not read before. Who am I to do something? Who am I to change the outcome? Who am I to carry out God’s will? I am not strong. I am not rich. I am not powerful. I do not come from a connected family. I am not the most religious. I have not read all of the Bible. I have not studied all of God’s word. Who am I? How can I do anything. Surely, it should be left to someone else.
But like Gideon, God calls each of us. We are strong and powerful and rich and wise because God sends us. We can make a difference because God sends us. We can do wondrous deeds because God sends us. We can save the world and each other because God sends us. We can stand up to the mightiest foe because God sends us. And He will be with us.
I know I am not worthy. And without you, I am weak. But with you, I am strong. Lead me where you want me to go. Send me, Lord. Give me the strength to follow your call, to do your will, to fight the wrong in the world and to make you visible to the world.