When Being the Least is Enough to Win in Life

I don’t think there is anyone that I know that wakes up in the morning, or whenever it is that they wake up, and they say to themselves that they desire to be a failure. Failure never feels good, never puts you in a good mood, nor puts you in good company. As the old saying goes, only “misery loves company”.

Recently my thoughts were drawn to the biblical character Gideon. Now here is a guy whose family he admitted was poor, and the he was even the least of all his family. Yet, in spite of all that Gideon claimed he was, the angel of the Lord yet appeared to him to declare that it would be through Gideon that the people of Israel would be delivered from the hands of the Midianites.

Gideon’s faith was not immediately to the point of believing the word of the Lord when it came. He went back and forth in struggle with the promise, and even wanted proof that it was as the angel had declared. With the use of a piece of fleece he sought confirmation. The interesting thing is that after all was said and done, it was his faith that would truly be put to the test when God made him cut the size of the army he had gathered down to a 300 man army.

God wanted Gideon to see that it was never about how much you have, or personal success or prestige you come with that matters to Him. What God truly wants is someone who believes enough, is faithful enough, and committed enough to take what is present and dare to do what you can with what you have, no matter how little you think it might be.

There was a little boy with two fish and five loaves of bread as a lunch heading home who had been stopped by Jesus’ disciples. The crazy part in all of this is that the disciples even questioned how this could be enough to do anything to feed that 5000 men present, realizing that as ridiculous as that was to imagine, they yet presented this boy to Jesus as all they could think of.

Jesus didn’t give it a second thought when they presented the boy and his lunch to him. He simply took it, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples to distribute among the people whom had been sectioned into groups and received and ate till they had their fill. When they were done, Jesus wasn’t. He had the disciples gather what remained and it filled 12 baskets which were given back to the boy.

Most people don’t put a whole lot of stock in to small men or young children. God is different. He looks at those who are among the least and says, “How can I show my greatness through this one and bring forth a glorious story of victory?” You don’t have to have come from the wealthiest of families. You only have to be willing to submit yourself to the task of allowing God to do through you whatsoever He wills and use what He blessed you  to start with to do what He’s already had in mind from the start.

 

QUESTION: Have you ever felt like you were the least of all those around you? What has God done to prove that you can win in spite of being the least?

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