Ever had a task that seemed so huge that you wanted to give up on the first try? Many people are bogged down by anticipated problems rather than the realities on the ground thereby limiting their capabilities due to fear. Picture a child trying to take her first – that task seems so huge! It is in the getting up and trying to walk that this child soon realizes her abilities and in no time, walking becomes a normality. Our fear of the unknown cripples our abilities and hinders our greatness. Statistics show that 60% of the things feared will never take place.
In the book of Judges, we are told about the Israelites when they had done evil in God’s eyes and they had been delivered into the hands of the Midianites for seven years, their greatness stripped away. Whatever produce they got, be it crop or livestock, the Midianites together with the Amalekites would come up and destroy all of it, leaving the Israelites impoverished. The Israelites then turned their cries to the Lord and He heard them and answered in a peculiar way through Gideon.
However, Gideon had some concerns, mainly based on fear. It did not seem to matter to him that the Lord’s angel was affirming his greatness, somehow the problems had become so huge that he could not see past them. He had every reason to doubt himself, having seen the afflictions of Israel and realizing how weak he was, he could not help but think that the angel had delivered the message to a wrong person; to him, God had dialed a wrong number. There was no greatness in him.
Judges 6:11-16 Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all these happened to us? And where are all the miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” so he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
God is in the business of using unworthy vessels and sometimes He calls us when we feel least qualified for the job. In a sense we feel as if we lack greatness as we look at our problems in light of our abilities instead of looking at them in light of God’s power. We seem to always magnify our lack of abilities and forget to mention what we can actually do, the greatness in us. During tough times when God calls on us, our low self-esteem makes us wonder why He is picking the wrong person for the job.
Depending on the perspective that we view our problems, they can be huge or small. Greatness is a matter of perspective. When we look at them in light of ourselves they seem impossible but in light of God, they are a small thing. There is never a time we will be prepared to tackle all our problems, otherwise they would not be problems.
Step out there, greatness awaits.