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The disposition

And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?”

Judges 6:14 (ESV)

There is a question that comes up often during my counseling sessions. Sometimes I see it coming before counselees even have time to think about it: “Why does God use X or Y and not me? To some, I give the answer without the slightest hesitation.For others, on the other hand, Iuse the Bible as a means of communication to help them see for themselves what is at the heart of their question.

I think you too sometimes ask yourself this question. You have the desire, the motivation and undoubtedly the necessary resources. So why not you ? Let’s take the case of Gideon as an example. The Lord gives him an honorable salute, instead of humbling himself, he chooses to blame and reproach God for what He has not done for His people. You would probably do the same thing if you were in his place. But notice that the angel, instead of reacting to his blame, commanded him to save Israel with the strength he had.

As a matter of fact, Gideon had no strength other than his doubts, his disappointment and his fear. Yet, behind it all, he had the disposition. This is what those who want to be used by God lack. They have the desire, the motivation, but they don't have the disposition. As soon as the time comes to serve others, they find reasons not to start. This may also be your situation. You have the desire, the strength, the motivation but you don't have the disposition. Gideon had his fears, but at the same time, he was willing to let God accomplish His will through him.

May the grace and peace of God be with you all.

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