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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Endued to Stand

The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
17th December
Henry Varley
The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.
When the Lord called Gideon, He addressed him not as he was, but as he would be by the power of grace. Until this point, all we know of Gideon is that he threshed wheat to hide it from the Midianites. That was a lowly task, though it did take some courage to defy the power of Midian by withholding his wheat from them. But it was a small action of defiance, one that was necessitated by widespread need and hunger. There were no other heroic deeds to Gideon's name up to this time. He had taken no stand publicly against the prevailing Baal worship in Israel. He was virtually unknown, a most unlikely candidate for the position of national deliverer. But God made him a chosen vessel and guaranteed to give him the power to do His will.

Men may not perceive in us much sign of greatness. We may well be discouraged from undertaking some service for the Lord because we ourselves feel that we are very ordinary. Yet grace can make every weak Gideon into a 'mighty man of valour.' Our personal weakness, our lack of past experience, even our past failures are no valid reason to avoid doing the will of God now.

When the Lord calls, He will equip. Gideon was never sent forth to do a work for God without the gift of divine grace and power sufficient to enable him to do all the Lord called him to do. Who could have foreseen that the Lord would take a struggling monk in remote Germany to launch the Reformation? Who would have thought that He would use the untutored John Bunyan to give the world the greatest of Christian classics? Or who could possibly have dreamed that He would have employed four young rustics to bring about Ulster's great 1859 Revival? Who can tell what He will do through us if we but do His bidding?