“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him” (1 Corinthians 1:28-29 NIV).

Many of us live in silent defeat, comparing ourselves to other’s who are probably doing the same thing. I am one of them: I’m not a good mother. I’m not a good wife. I’m not a good Christian. I’m not a good witness. I’m not –I’m not – I’m not!

Consider this:

Jacob was a liar.

Moses was a stutterer.

David was an adulterer.

Rahab was a prostitute.

Esther was an orphan.

And yet God used each one of them to further His kingdom. We are in good company. God doesn’t call us because we are particularly gifted or talented. He uses us because we are obedient and dependent upon Him. He doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.

Gideon is another one of God’s chosen leaders who argued that he wasn’t good enough. One day he was threshing wheat in a winepress when an angel of the Lord came to him. “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior, ”the angel announced (Judges 6:12). Now, first of all, you don’t thresh wheat in a winepress. You thresh wheat in an open field by throwing it up in the air. The wind blows the chaff away and the grain falls to the ground. So, what was Gideon doing in the winepress? He was so terrified of his enemies, the Midianites, that he was hiding. And yet, when the angel of the Lord came to him, he addressed Gideon as “mighty warrior.” No wonder Gideon said, “Pardon me” (6:13,15).

As soon as God called Gideon to greater things, Gideon began making excuses, allowing his insecurities and inadequacies to set limitations in his life. Gideon argued, “How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family” (6:15). Oh, how we act like Gideon.

One by one the petals fall from the beautiful flower God created us to be. Like ticker tape, our fragmented pieces of confidence scatter over the streets as the parade passes by.

God, Father, look beyond my insecurities – just like you did for Gideon and other leaders you choose. Help us to see we are one of your flowers. Thank you for knowing who we can be if we trust in Your power to work through us.

Jill Maclay

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