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Overcoming Inadequate Resources

December 21, 2011 by  
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Did you ever feel like you lacked the necessary resources and kept losing them to overcome your challenges?  As a person with severe Cerebral Palsy, I already lack many resources that are needed in this life.  After a long week of ministry to people with disabilities at a Special Touch Get-Away, I decided to visit my parents and have some fun with my little sister.

She was riding my parents new three wheeler and made it look like so much fun that I just had to give it a try!  I had a blast until I ended up tipping it and injuring my rotator cuff that would take three years to rehab.  The consequences of my fun resulted in a lot more struggles for me.

There was a General in Judges 7 who thought that his army of 32,000 men might be adequate to secure victory in Israel’s next battle.  While the Midianites did not see Israel’s army as a threat, God had other plans.  He ultimately reduced the size of the Israelite army in obedience to the Lord’s instructions down to just 300 men, less than 1% of the original Belgrade.   With these 300 men, God said that He would deliver the Midianites into the hands of His people.

Gideon must have had some anxiety as he began to ponder a new strategy with less than 1% of his resources left.  I, like Gideon, have anxiety when I consider my own inadequacies.  How can I truly fulfill God’s call when the challenges of life seem to be getting greater and my energy is declining as I grow older?  My disability, job in computer programming, ministry, and family can all be demanding at times.  My energies seem so limited to do what God has put on my heart.  It is easy to start questioning how God will ever use me to fulfill His plans.

The latest teaching squashes the notion of questioning or wrestling with God.  In Judges 7, we have a mighty man of God with some questions about how the Lord was going to make up for the inadequate resources.  As the text indicates, God didn’t belittle or criticize him for having questions, but brought encouragement into Gideon’s life.  God told him to go to the camp where he would be encouraged by the Midianites’ conversation.  Gideon overheard one the men telling the other about his dream.

“The Midianites, the Amalekites and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore”. — Judges 7:12

The other soldier said that this sounds like the work of Gideon.  When Gideon heard this, he was greatly encouraged.

I am very thankful for those God sent alongside me to give me encouragement.  As a result of my disability, I have had to overcome major challenges related to my disability to get my driver’s license.  Many people told me to just give up but my dad kept encouraging me to stay with it.  It has been 15 years since I got my license and I’m still driving.  Rather than looking at the challenge, we need to be reminded to look to Jesus who is well able to make up the difference.  There is absolutely nothing that is too hard for our God!

There have been several other areas in my life where others determined that I lacked the required resources.  One of these areas is ministry, as people told me that it would too hard for me.  I became an ordained minister five years ago.  I am learning that it is not about my lack, but God showing up in power as He did for Gideon.

The Bible says God used just 300 men to defeat the Midianites and they had a huge army.  It was not about the 300 men but all about God.  Likewise, it is not about my disability but the awesome power of God that is more than adequate.  I’m sure that Gideon would agree that 300 men with God are far better than having 32,000 men without Him.

I encourage you to look to God today rather than on your overwhelming situation.  God wants to show His power on your behalf as He did for Gideon.


Bradley Mattrisch
Special Touch National Coordinator of Support Ministries

As a result of a delay in breathing for 26 minutes at birth, he has Cerebral Palsy. Brad has been involved with the Special Touch Summer Get Away Program since the summer of 1982. At the first Get Away, he sensed God calling him to help people understand the Bible.

Brad later earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Management Computer Systems as well as a Bachelors of Arts degree Bible & Theology. After graduation, he participated in several ministry activities with his church and Special Touch. Brad was given the opportunity to learned about church planting as well as speak and teach. After working for several years in Information Technology with a large consulting company, he decided to make his ministry hobby his full-time calling.

Despite Brad’s disability, he is an U.S. Missionary Associate as well as an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. Brad now oversees the ministry’s Pastoral Care department that includes a fair amount of writing and speaking. He wants to develop friendships with others that need encouragement and Biblical counsel. Brad also coordinates the ministry’s Information Technology needs. He lives with his cats, Penny and Oreo, as well as his dog, Daisy, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Brad currently attends Radiant Fellowship in Waupaca, WI.

Brad has a message to share with the church, especially to those who face challenges. Brad’s sermons are often accompanied with laughter, tears, and lives touched by God. He writes a manuscript and transfers it to a PowerPoint presentation which is projected, so the congregation can follow along as he speaks.

Contact Information:
715-258-2713 (office) (email)

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