Hope for Tomorrow
By: Kim Rundles
March 18, 2016
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:18 reminds me of the story of Gideon. The youngest in his family, Gideon belonged to the weakest clan in the valley. As you read his story beginning in Judges chapter 6, you enter just as the Israelites royally mess things up trying to rely on themselves. And because they do not look to the Lord for their strength, their enemies the Midianites take them over. Of course, when Israel finally asks God for help, He chooses unassuming Gideon for the task.
A rather doubtful fellow, Gideon isn’t too keen on the fact that God expects him to lead the charge and save his country. In fact, he asked God, “But Lord, how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest and I am the least in my family?” And knowing that Gideon was worried, the Lord’s reply was an astounding one. “Gideon, go in the strength you have. Am I not calling you?”
Now, if God said the same thing to me I am not sure what my first reaction would be. But, we find as we read on in chapter 7, that Gideon’s reaction is a brave one. He decides if God has called him, then God must know something that he does not. So, fixing his eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, Gideon uses the little bit of strength and courage he has, partners up with God and makes history. With the added strength of the Lord, Gideon delivers his country from the hands of their enemies. Pretty Awesome!
What I think we can glean from Gideon’s story is simply this: Don’t be afraid to go full steam ahead in the journey you have been called to. Go in the strength you have! You may not be super confident, but don’t worry! God will fill-in whatever you lack. He promises us in Matthew 6:25-34 that He will take care of us. If our amazing God has a purpose and cares for the grasses of the field, the sparrows in the air, and un-assuming Gideon, don’t you think he will care for and have a purpose for you?
It is often very difficult to find our purpose. But take heart from the story of Gideon! He was living in oppression and he certainly did not have anyone cheering him on! He was unsure about the plans God had for him, yet Gideon with all his struggles chose to find Hope in what he could not see. And when he bravely followed God’s lead, he found an amazing purpose that impacted a whole nation.
Beautiful woman, do not get discouraged in what you CAN see. Use the strength God has given you, lean on Him for what you lack, and have Hope in what you CANNOT see.