Insurmountable Challenge!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, June 11, 2019


“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” Judges 6:15

Most of us will face our ‘Gideon moment’ at some point in life. That is, we will face an insurmountable challenge for which we will feel inadequate to manage or overcome. Indeed, there are times when we question our preparedness to deal with the hands we have been dealt with. Like Gideon, we can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the task we have been asked to do or by the call that God has placed on our lives.

When the angel approached Gideon to tell him about his God-given assignment, Gideon expressed doubt and distrust in his own ability. The many years of Midianite oppression impacted his self-esteem and made him afraid of his oppressors. Even after the angel told him that God had chosen him to liberate the Israelites, Gideon thought that was an insurmountable challenge that he was not qualified to do.

Your insurmountable challenge may be cancer, or a divorce, or the death of a loved one, or unemployment. Perhaps you have convinced yourself that you are not qualified or have the courage to overcome that challenge because you have been battered and bruised. Can I remind what Jesus said in Mark 9:33, “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Many people have overcome chronic addictions, or defeated cancer, or bounce back from a financial collapse. You are not the first one who is dealing with the giant you are facing. Remember, mountains can be climbed, enemies can be defeated, giants can be brought down to size, and miracles do exist. You and I are stronger than we realize.

Gideon went on to defeat an army of over 132,000 men with just 300 men. God gave him a winning strategy to defeat the Midianites that was predicated upon his faith in God and his confidence in himself. Perhaps one of the reasons your challenge is seemingly insurmountable because you do not have faith.

For the past two days, I have been telling God during my prayer walk to “help my unbelief.” I do not want to miss my blessing or forego my God-given assignment because I am afraid of my giants. So yes, I also have faith crises and need God to help my unbelief. I sometimes feel inadequate and unqualified for the great mission that God has revealed to me. There are times when I feel it is better and safer to remain anonymous like Gideon. However, God has been challenging me and reminding me that I am his handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which he prepared in advance for me to do (Ephesians 2:10). Therefore, I cannot try to hide like Gideon or revel in anonymity. Neither can you.

What God-given assignment are you hiding from because you do not feel qualified to do it? Remember, God does not always call the qualified. He simply qualifies those he calls. I do not believe any human being is smarter than others or more gifted. We simply have a different destiny and given different gifts to carry forth our unique God-given purpose.

Our challenge is only insurmountable because we think they are. For as long as we live in fear of our giants, we will never muster the courage to defeat them. Let us not forget that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You and I are equipped to overcome any insurmountable challenge because of the power of Christ that lives in us.

Prayer- Almighty God, I pray for those who are on the verge of giving up on you and their selves. Please give them the courage to overcome their impossible challenge.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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