February 22, 2013
One of the most transforming truths I have embraced on my journey thus far is that whatever God calls me to do, he has already equipped me to do it. That sounds so obvious, so simple, and yet I believe we struggle to live that way. We live in a culture that quantifies giftedness, beauty, leadership by its own set of rules. In the Kingdom of God our culture’s rules don’t apply. Our culture looks at what appears to be true but God sees what is true. When God looks at a man or woman he sees who we are becoming in him. So God looked at Gideon cowering in the wine press and called him a mighty warrior. Jesus looked at Peter and said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 ESV). This was before Peter denied even knowing Christ. This was before Peter disappeared into the night and left Christ to die. When Jesus looks into the heart of a man or woman he sees all of who we are and all of who we will become in him by trusting and taking the next step. So if God says move, I move. I trust who he knows me as more than who I see myself as. Read Judges 6:7-19. God reminded the Israelites of his goodness to them. If that passage had been written to you, what are some of the things God has done that he would have called for you to remember? Gideon said, “If God is with us, why has all of this happened to us?” How did Gideon’s view of the situation compare to God’s perspective? How does God’s perspective of your life compare to your perspective of the things you are experiencing? Gideon experienced victory because he did what God told him to do. If you want victory in your life, what are some things you must do? Excerpted from Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God © 2009 Sheila Walsh. Published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission, all rights reserved.