The Runt - Part I

In my last post I talked about my Disney induced fantasy of being discovered as the world's greatest at something. What's funny is the fact that God has this habit of picking people who aren’t the “world’s greatest.” The human race tends to seek out the “est” people; best, brightest, smartest, strongest, and greatest. God doesn’t play His hand that way. God likes to seek out the lowly, the overlooked, the average, and the lost cause. He did this very thing when He showed up in Gideon’s life one day. The people of Israel were being consistently terrorized by crop stealing Midianite marauders. It got so bad that when God met up with Gideon he was threshing his family’s wheat while cowering behind the walls of a wine-press. As Gideon tried to protect his food and preserve some of his dignity an angel of the Lord appeared.He said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” Judges 6:14-15God told Gideon he’d been picked for a very important mission. Gideon responded to this great honor by describing the negative personal narrative he’d carried around with him his entire life. He said, “How can I save Israel?” meaning, “I don’t have what it would take to save Israel.” He confessed, “My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I’m the least in my family” meaning, “I’m the weakest member of the weakest family, in the weakest clan, of the weakest tribe in all of Israel. I’m the runt! What are you doing talking to me about saving Israel?” If God picked you out for an important mission, how would you describe the personal narrative you've carried around with you for your entire life? More tomorrow