Thursday, November 13, 2008

Our Quest For Greatness

"The LORD said to Gideon, 'The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, 'My own power has delivered me.'" (Judges 7:2)

Uzzah stretched out his hand to prop up God. Gideon gathered a huge army to defeat Midian. Uzzah was struck dead, and the ark returned to its place. Gideon's corps was reduced to a number so small that there was no way he or the Hebrews could take credit for the victory. They won. God got glory.

A man came back to our small, rural church after a trip to the city. He had attended a wonderful, large, church there; one with multiple services, an orchestra, a school, all the comforts of Christendom. He was depressed when he walked back home. "It was so wonderful there. I want to move there. I love our church, but we are so small and our community so small. There's just nothing here. We just have so little offer."

Maybe we don't have much to offer. Maybe, when we all get down to it we all wonder about our smallness and our ability to do anything good, anything godly. Then again, it may be that we simply need to recognize that God fed over 15,000 with five loaves and two fishes. He defeated thousands with only a few hundred. He made everything from nothing - ex nihilo. So, maybe we who have little offer more to God. Maybe Jesus was right when he said the widow gave more than all those who were rich.