Last week I was reading the story of Gideon to my boys and it sparked quite a lengthy conversation about what kind of fighter Gideon was.
“…like a ninja hiding in the bushes with a lightsaber and fire crackers,” said one son.
“No, like Spiderman AND Batman AND Ironman doing Jedi mind tricks,” said the other.
As my boys were lost in imagination, I was lost in reality over one very profound truth:
“You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’”
The weight of this passage sank into my heart as the Spirit gently reminded me how often this happens in my own life.
You have too many plans.
You have too many answers.
You have too many lists.
You have too many goals.
Reality is, we allow ourselves to believe that we have to have everything figured out before God can use us. We foolishly buy into the lie that we’re only ready when we decide our circumstances and experiences and pre-determined plans are all in alignment.
But the truth is, Gideon was a farmer from the weakest clan in his tribe because God wasn’t looking for a decorated solider, he was looking for a faithful follower… and God decided Gideon only needed 300 hundred men to accomplish the mission, not 32,000.
Stop thinking you need 32,000 plans before you’re “ready” to take the first step.