Growing up playing sports, I was always greatly encouraged when my parents were looking on during the games. Just knowing that they were watching me was a source of great encouragement, even when my performance was less than I had expected.
Well, there is someone who is looking on in your life and mine, One who provides us with eternal encouragement, and I want to tell you about Him today:
The Lord looked at [Gideon] and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:14 NASB)
God had called Gideon to deliver Israel from the hands of the Midianites, but Gideon was afraid; he didn’t want to follow the Lord’s leading. But “the Lord looked,” and the fear Gideon was facing fled and His doubt was dismantled. What a look that must have been, a look that encouraged Gideon to rise up and deliver His people from the hands of his enemies!
Notice something else that went along with this look from the Lord. When the Lord looked upon Gideon, He sent him off in the strength of the Almighty. Yes, the Lord said, “Go in this your strength,” but He immediately followed that command with “Have I not sent you?” This clearly indicated that “your strength” meant the strength that God had given Gideon. If God had sent Gideon to deliver Israel in Gideon’s strength, surely he would have never prevailed.
Anytime we are called by God to do His bidding and we “bid” in our own strength, we are sure to fall short of the intended mark. When we go in our strength we actually go in weakness! But when we go in the strength of our Savior, we go in a supernatural strength that has no limits. Know this truth:
Who the Lord sends the Lord strengthens for the sending!
So . . . knowing that the Lord looks upon you day and night—moment by moment—where has He sent you to go? Did you go? And if you did go, did you go in His strength? If you did not go, why? Has fear frozen you? Has doubt debilitated you? Has weakness warped your walk? If that is the case, fear not; you are in the same situation as Gideon . . . until He surrendered control of his life to his God.
It is my prayer for you today that you will, by faith, put to good use the strength your Savior has entrusted to you to go forth and expand the cause of His Kingdom—right now, right where you are. Remember, the Lord looked upon Gideon to strengthen him and He is looking upon you right now . . . to strengthen you, help you, and uphold you.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!