When the problem is too big…

October 2, 2017

“Gideon said to him, Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter. God said to him, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.” Judges 6:15-16 Message

The ask was too big. Gideon knew his place. He wasn’t someone of influence or power. But God had picked him and armed him with: “I’ll be with you.” The great enemy of faith isn’t not-believing. It’s believing that God is Less. He’s less than you need. He’s less than the urgent circumstances. He’s less than all the opposing voices. The temptation is always there to add something to God’s word .. to God’s assurance .. and to God’s promise. You add something so that if He doesn’t come through, you won’t be to disappointed.  The Apostle Paul just wanted the Lord to take away his struggle. After all, it would help hm be more effective .. a better servant .. and not be so distracted. It seemed like a reasonable ask. He just wanted to serve the Lord with all his faculties intact .. undiluted .. and fully available. But God gave the best gift possible: grace to face tomorrow .. and grace to live today. The Lord had the same word to Gideon as He did to Paul: “I’ll be with you .. Believe me.” Gideon had a fleece. Paul had a cross. And you have a cross behind you and before you. It’s God’s word to you: I’ll be with you. Grace is God’s gift for you to let Christ move in and take over. You don’t have to focus on you. That’s what Jesus does: He focuses on his life living in you. Grace for tomorrow .. Grace for living today .. in Christ. It only takes a moment …

“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Grace-Perfected followers of Jesus (kchesterp1@gmail.com)


About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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