Dehado vs Llamado

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Dehado is from the Spanish word Dejado means at a disadvantage.  Llamdo means at an advantage.

The story of Gideon (Judges 7) and 2 Corinthians 12:9 (Paul's thorn in the flesh) have one thing in common:

God wants all the glory.

There are so many stories in the bible that highlights this pattern where God wanted to make it clear that it was because of His power and nothing else that changed the situation.

The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’

Judges 7:2 (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

It is better to work in a position we call "dehado", that not everything is going our way, because we know that in those moments we can clearly see God's hand.  Because if everything is going our way, we might become proud, forget God and depend on ourselves.

David's story in 1 Samuel 16 is one example where we can see that no one is cheering for David.  His father did not consider David to be a candidate for kingship, he forgot about him. But God did not forget about David.  

Self promotion can never replace divine promotion.  

God is at work in the background, David just has to trust God and focus on what God is asking him to do -- tend the sheep and fight lions and bears.  In the same way, we should also focus on what God is asking is to do, use our gifts and strengths for the Lord.

Thank God when everything is going our way, thanks Him even more, when everything is not going our way, because we know, we can see God's hand move.

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