So many times you hear people say some situation is too hard for them to handle. The burden is too heavy to carry, the enemy too strong to defeat.
That’s what Gideon told God about the Midianites. But God, in 6:14 said:
“Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand.”
I know! It sounds like God is saying He’s not giving Gideon anything more than he can handle in the strength he already has. People, even many Christians, hang on to this idea like it comes straight from the Bible. And this verse certainly seems to indicate that is true. But please don’t stop reading at verse 14.
Gideon cries, “NO! I am too weak. My whole family is weak. The enemy is too strong!”
Gideon recognized that the task at hand was beyond his capabilities. And, friend, sometimes… always… that is the first step to victory.
God says something in verse 16 I don’t want you to miss. The Lord answered:
“I will be with you. I will defeat your enemy.” In other words, “Go, Gideon, in the strength you have… WHICH IS ME!
Gideon was right to say he didn’t have what it took to defeat his enemy, and so are you when faced with that daunting mountain you’re facing, that sin you know you need to turn away from, that illness you’re fighting, that loved one who is going in a wrong direction, that toxic relationship you’re in.
But the good news, the really good news contrary from modern day thinking is: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE STRONG! So much harm is done when we tell each other we should be able to handle something, to conquer something. “Tell yourself you are strong.” “Tell yourself you are more than capable.” “Keep telling yourself.” “And when you find you really aren’t all that strong, feel guilty about it because you SHOULD be strong.”
“After all, God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”
That is such a lie! That is Satan’s attempt to replace God with yourself. Here’s what the Bible says about that:
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
My grace us sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. (Isaiah 40:29)
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory… (Exodus 15:2)
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7-8)
Just Google “Bible verses about strength” and read what God wants you to know. Take the pressure of being some strong, capable, powerful person off your shoulders and run to the God of Strength. If you know God you don’t have to be strong, because…
And I promise, if you ask Him to be your strength, He will be your strength beyond what you can even imagine.
I’m going to leave you with something Paul said. Please notice what is missing in this verse. It doesn’t say be strong in your own power. It says:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10, emphasis mine)