‘All our Dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them’.
I have to say that I mostly love this quote. I love the idea that if we are motivated to reach our potential then great things can happen as a result.
On the other hand though, I find the quote terrifying if anyone takes it as a guarantee. We should have the courage to pursue our dreams and to try our hardest but the reality is that sometimes things just don’t work out in the way we want them to.
Gideon, was struggling. All his dreams hadn’t come true, Israel (where he lived) was under attack from the Midianites (a neighbouring tribe) and he and the rest of Israelites felt powerless. Gideon expresses these feelings when he says;
“Why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” (Judges 6.13)
Things changed when Gideon met an angel who said to him,
“Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel” (Judges 6.14).
Gideon refused saying that he was the weakest and that he was a nobody.
I wonder if you feel that way today?
Perhaps we have grown up with a promise that says that all our dreams will come true and if we have then perhaps we are unhappy and confused about why our dreams aren’t a reality.
Gideon was confused about what was going on, he was disoriented because it felt to him like God had abandoned the Israelites. He was despairing because of their constant defeats and most of all he had lost any hope for the future.
God says to Gideon, ‘go in the strength you have’, or to put it another way, he says;
You can do it Gideon, you just need the courage to pursue your dreams.
BUT I CAN’T DO IT, I’M NOT STRONG ENOUGH!
When I used to think about Gideon’s story I always felt disappointed that Gideon didn’t have faith in God. Then it dawned on me that he wasn’t refusing God, rather he was confessing that he couldn’t manage on his own.
Gideon’s answer was the right answer and it allows God to respond,
“I will be with you” (Judges 6.16).
God promises that they can save Israel together and this was a turning point for Gideon.
Gideon shifted from being a person consumed with disillusionment and despair and he became a man whose hope is in God.
Gideon shifted from having the weight of the world on his shoulders and feeling overwhelmed by it to becoming dependent on the God who is carrying the weight of the world.
The answer wasn’t to try harder, the answer was to trust in and to rely on God.
You see, God hadn’t abandoned his people, God was waiting for his people to rely on him.
Trying harder is good as far as it goes but most of all I want to trust in God and to work with him.