I wake weary…
I reach reluctantly for my Bible wishing I could reach for covers to pull over my head instead.
It turns out I’m not the only one who has ever felt this way.
I read of Gideon and how he is hiding (sounds a bit like pulling the covers) grain from the enemies of the Israelites.
Right there in the middle of that unlikely moment God sends a message to Gideon. It’s about fighting, victory, how everything will be different from now on.
It’s these six words I love most:
“Go in the strength you have…” (Judges 6:14)
That phrase follows me out of bed and into the car. I think it as miles whiz by on the way to work. What strength do I have?
Slowly I realize I don’t have much at all (especially today). But I do have His strength.
And what kind of strength is that?
The kind that is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor 12:9)
That’s great news for the broken, messy, and worn out (and aren’t we all?).
And even if we were as strong as we’d like to be, it would still pale in comparison…
God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength. (1 Cor 1:25)
So here’s truth worth getting out of bed for, the kind that’s like coffee for our hearts. God served it up to Gideon first and He still offers it to us every morning (especially on the ones when we feel weary)–
Go in the strength you have…
and I will be the strength you need.
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