As a kid I loved the TV shows and movies Don Knotts were in. He was always a good hearted guy that had knees that would go weak or shaky when he came across something that was new or scary. He was the nervous little sheriff deputy on the Andy Griffith Show, the scared little newspaper reporter in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, a small town kiddie-ride operator accidentally recruited in The Reluctant Astronaut, the dentist with the Shakiest Gun in the West, the bumbling bank robber in the Apple Dumpling Gang, the timid husband in the Incredible Mr. Limpet, the nervous motorist in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, the nervous clerk in Move Over, Darling, and the little nervous landlord in Three’s Company, etc. In the end he would usually prove himself and get the job done that needed to be done.
Maybe I always enjoyed his movies, because he reminded me a lot of myself. I sometimes take on a project or job and then get very nervous about doing it. I go weak at the knees. Maybe I am feeling led to sing a song at church and just before I get up to sing the butterflies are fluttering and my knees are shaking. Soon I am thinking about backing out of my commitment to sing. I pray and ask for strength and God helps me to get through the time on stage. I may not have been totally comfortable through the whole experience, but my obedience brought about God’s results. I might take on setting up and leading an outreach event to the community, but then my weak knees start shaking again. I am afraid I won’t have a enough workers or supplies. I am afraid that no one from the community will come out. I am afraid I will mess up the event. Then God encourages me on and it all works out ok. Gideon in Judges 6: 11-16 almost appears to have my weak knees:
11 The Angel of the LORD came, and He sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash, the Abiezrite. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in the wine vat in order to hide it from the Midianites. 12 Then the Angel of the LORD appeared to him and said: “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 Gideon said to Him, “Please Sir, if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened? And where are all His wonders that our fathers told us about? They said, ‘Hasn’t the LORD brought us out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to Midian.” 14 The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you?” 15 He said to Him, “Please, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.” 16 “But I will be with you,” the LORD said to him. “You will strike Midian down as if it were one man.”
The Lord did the same thing for Gideon that He will do for each of us who are following Him. He will ask us to do something for Him. He will tell us that He will strengthen us for the job He has assigned to us. Then He will often times listen to us tell Him how we can’t do the job. How our skills or family line or past make us weak. Then after listening to us, God will say to us, “But I will be with you.” That is where our weak knees should stop shaking. God is all powerful and all mighty. Wisdom should tell us, “What more do we need to know, but that our Lord will be with us?” So don’t be scared or nervous. Let God be your strength.