Surely I am with thee.

Gideon wringing the fleece
Gideon wringing the fleece

And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. Judges 6:14-16

Against all our protestations against fear-inducing obedience come the mighty words, "Surely I am with thee." It matters not that we are the least in Israel. It matters not that we are poor, relatively speaking, in giftedness and ability. It matters not how great and mighty our enemies are. What matters is that God is with us. Whatever the Lord calls us to do, he will equip us for it.

Is there a sin to kill that seems to have too great a hold upon your heart? The grace of God will enable you to put your foot upon its neck. Through the Spirit we mortify the deeds of the body (Rom. 8:13). Is there a step of faith that seems beyond your ability to manage? The Scriptures tell us again and again that those who put their trust in the Lord will never be put to shame (Rom. 10:11). The Lord has promised: he will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:6).

The Christian has no reason to fear, for, being united to Christ, he or she has union with him who is in possession of all grace and power and blessing. In Christ we possess all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3). Brothers and sisters, we cannot drown if our Head is in heaven. We cannot lose when our Captain has already defeated the enemy on the cross. Do not fear! Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might (Eph. 6:10).

By: Jeremiah Bass