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Do Not Settle for the Injured List

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The Lord answered, “I will be with you,”

Judges 6:16

In the Disney movie “Little Giants,” the story is told of two brothers, Danny and Kevin O’Shea. Danny, the younger of the two, always finds himself living in the shadow of his larger than life brother. The inferiority he feels comes to light whenever he and his brother meet with their friends for a pick-up football game. Rather than suffer the indignity of being selected last, Danny routinely excuses himself, pretending to be injured. He refers to this as putting himself on the injured list.

The Bible describes a period in Israel’s history when the Israelites find themselves oppressed by the neighboring Midianites. Hearing the Israelites’ cry for help, God meets with a man named Gideon and commissions him to rescue Israel. However, Gideon balks at the Lord’s call and chooses instead to place himself on the equivalent of the “injured list.”  “My clan is the weakest …,“ says Gideon, “and I am the least in my family.” (Judges 6:15)

But, I will be with you, Gideon. Did you not know that, Gideon? God’s words seem to express surprise. Why would Gideon think that he would have to accomplish God’s call in his own strength? Gideon’s initial response to God’s commission is typical and one in which we can understand. We must resist the temptation to dismiss the call of God in our lives by immediately taking inventory of ourselves. God never asks us to accomplish anything without supplying us with all that we need. Even more, he promises His presence. Jesus reminds us that we are never called to go it alone. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Mt 28:20).

How is God calling you today? How will you respond? Choose to act in faith, resting on God’s promises and not on your own abilities.

Let’s pray: Father, we confess that you call us by your grace. This calling is not based on our abilities. We are thankful for your great and precious promise to be present with us through all of our circumstances. We choose, today, to live in faithful obedience to your call on our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.