When God called Gideon, Gideon did not think very highly of his origins: “…but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my family” (Judges 6:15). Talk about low self-esteem! When you think about your family, are you proud of where you came from? When you were growing up, were you ever ashamed to bring your friends around your parents because of how you were living? What kind of foundation did your parents (or guardians) lay for you?
I think it’s safe to say that Gideon came from a “broken home.” He certainly was not proud of his heritage and not only that, he felt like he was the WORST person in his family. The black sheep. Have you ever felt like you stood out — but in a bad way — in your “clan”?
No matter what kind of upbringing you had, God has amazing plans for your life. I love the phrase “against all hope, Abraham in hope believed” (Romans 4). As you read on in Judges 6, you will see how God used Gideon powerfully despite the odds that Gideon had to face.
As the saying goes, “It’s not how you start but how you finish.” When God called you, maybe you were not influential or born into wealth or a great family. Maybe you were born with a set of hardships such as congenital health issues, poverty or an impossible relationship with a parent or sibling. You may look at the statistics and wonder, “Is that going to be my future?” However, if you stay close to God and allow Him to mold and shape you as He sees fit (Jeremiah 18), He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn (Psalm 37:6).
It’s natural to feel inferior when you feel like you were singled out to have all the odds stacked up against you. However, your success would bring more glory to God than someone who was equipped with the right parents, the right financial resources and social support.
The longer you stay a Christian, the more you will see how God has been working in your life so that others may stand in awe of your triumph over the odds. How will your story end?
“Your beginnings will seem humble; so prosperous will your future be.” Job 8:7
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