A story is told of a man who was called to deliver his people from the persecutions of another tribe. Although he doubted his own abilities, he was rest assured God was going to see him through the completion of the task.
This is the story of Gideon the fifth judge of Israel who led a small army to defeat the Midianites. In the book of Judges, it is stated that Gideon and his army of 300 men pursued their “enemies” even though they were exhausted. They had previously defeated some but the mission was not completed therefore they persevered and chased after their “enemies”.
Undoubtedly they were hungry, thirsty and drained to the extent that Gideon had to ask the officials of Succoth and Penuel for bread for his army; sadly both officials refused to help. Nevertheless, this did not prevent Gideon from accomplishing the task entrusted to him; he completely defeated the Midianites. In the book of Judges chapter 8, we can obtain essential lessons from Gideon, which will help us fulfil our purposes, ambitions and whatever it is that we want to achieve; Never give up when you are exhausted and never give up when you don’t get the support you need.
Often times, we effortlessly give up especially when our very best yields nothing. We are quick to throw in the towel and accept the “it was not meant to be” fallacy. Other days, we choose to be gratified with the little achievement disregarding the fact that the task has not been completed. Brian Tracy once said, “Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there is a series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacles. Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing difficulties and challenges that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.”
If no one believes or supports your dream, if no one gets on board with what you know you’re called to do, what do you do? Perhaps you try to explain and share with enthusiasm and as much clarity as you can possibly muster yet still, nothing! It’s human nature to want support and encouragement from the people we are surrounded by, but it is also possible to do what you want to do without it especially if it is something God has entrusted to you.
No one was present when God promised Gideon therefore whether he had their support or not, he was certain of the victory that awaited him. The purpose you have to fulfill and the ambitions you want to achieve, if they are from God, He engraves it on your heart and places it deep within your being thus granting you the conviction. Don’t make the mistake of expecting people to have that same conviction or heart concerning what God has told you or called you to do.
The truth is when God calls or entrusts something to you, He equips, provides, qualifies & enables you to bring it to completion; Never forget that!
A journey of a thousand miles will forever begin with one step.