While we all need encouragement, sometimes we may rely a bit too much on others. Maybe we’re afraid to join a gym or a support group if we can’t convince someone to go with us. We don’t have to be so afraid. We are enough because God is with us. Just as Gideon’s reinforcements were whittled down, maybe our familiar supports fall away for one reason or another. When we’re left facing our own weakness, there’s nothing else to do but call on God’s strength. Whatever fears we’ve faced in the past, we’ve survived them all. The support we were looking for at the time may not have been there. That doesn’t mean God wasn’t supporting us. After all, we did get through. That same God will always provide what we need—both the internal resources and external assistance—to get through anything he has in mind for us.
—from the book Fools, Liars, Cheats, and Other Bible Heroes by Barbara Hosbach