Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” – Judges 6:14-15
This scene is typical in Scripture. God chooses a man who is least likely to be chosen. He chooses those who have no confidence in themselves, those who are lightly esteemed by others. Think of Moses at the burning bush with his lingering insecurity and “who am I?” attitude. Think of David, the shepherd boy overlooked even by his own family.
Gideon says, “You’ve got the wrong guy, Lord. I am nothing.” But God saw something in Gideon he didn’t see in himself. He saw a strength Gideon didn’t know he possessed. He saw a deliverer, a warrior, a hero Gideon didn’t know he could be.
It’s something God sees in all of us. Residing in each of us is the victory Christ won. Most of us are waiting to become strong enough or perfect enough to guarantee that we wont fail, but that is not how great battles are won. The truth is that there’s a strength in us we don’t understand and a victory in us waiting to be fulfilled. This strength and victory will largely go untapped however, except by the few who hear God say, “Go in this might of yours” and actually believe Him enough to do it.