02Jun20 - Preacher Diary
1. The Man that God Will Not Use
With God, the battle does not depend on number, on available skills or human ability. In the account of Gideon, God was concerned about the number that volunteered for the battle against the enemy. Strangely, God's complaint was not that the people were too few, but that they were too many. He was not going to use that number to bring about the expected victory, "lest Israel vaunt themselves against me saying, Mine own hand hath saved me" (Judges 7:1). In other words, our attitude to victory is also very important to God. It could determine whether or if He gets involved in our battles.
God may not always use the strong and the able, for they would vaunt themselves against Him afterwards, attributing the victory to their own strength and ability. God has usually chosen
"the foolish things of the world" to confound the wise ; and "the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty" (1 Corinthians 1:27). It is strange how God fights: choosing foolishness to shame wisdom, and weakness to defeat might. Alas, ironically, there is strength that God sees in my weaknesses!
God will not use some folks, not because they were not available, but because they are too strong, too qualified, too gifted. He is mindful that they would attribute the victory to their giftedness rather than to Him. Ultimately, then, it is not their giftedness that disqualifies them, but their wrong state of mind, their proud tendency. God would rather use a more qualified but humble person, who recognises their deficiency without Him, than a not-so-competent but proud soul who tends to think that breakthroughs depend on their gifts. The former, though more competent, acknowledge their weakness without God, and depend on Him. The other, though less qualified, turns out 'too strong' for Him.
2. Too Many For God
And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me (Judges 7:2).
Why has it taken so long for God to deliver your enemies into your hands? Could it be because you are 'too many' for Him? Why has your deliverance waited so long? Is God waiting for a `weaker' person than you? Is He waiting for when you shall have become `few' enough for Him to use you? Is He hindered by pride in the heart? Does He worry that His precious glory would be stolen? How strange it sounds that someone could be the very hindrance to the deliverance they desperately seek, just because they were 'too many' for God!
From The Preachers diary,
October 24, 1996.