31 March 2023
Reluctant heroes needed (2)
‘… why has all this happened to us?’ Judges 6: 13
As we face the insurmountable odds of modern medicine, we can learn much from Gideon’s story. First, he saw the spiritual root of the problem. He told the visiting angel, ‘The Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.’ (Judges 6: 13) He could have complained that he didn’t have enough
warriors, their weapons were inferior or they needed camels to ride (or, as we might say, there was a shortage of staff, equipment and ambulances). These facts were not the cause of the pathology; they were mere symptoms of the disease. The root of the pathology in our own lives and profession is not
outside circumstances, lack of power or adequate finances. The core issue is most often sin; and sin requires spiritual remedies.
Having recognised the spiritual root of the problem, Gideon next understood his own inadequacy for dealing with it. He told the angel, ‘My clan is the weakest … and I am the least in my family.’ (Judges 6: 15) As doctors, our greatest assets – our talents and intelligence – are also our greatest liabilities. We often think, ‘If I just work harder, smarter and longer I can conquer this problem!’ God says, ‘You are weak, but I am strong.’
‘God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of the world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no-one may boast before him.’ (1 Corinthians 1: 27–29)

Like Paul, we must accept that concept before we can tap into God’s power.

Read: 1 Corinthians 1: 18–2: 5.