Judges 6:12-13 – The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.” 13 Then Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
Gideon was anything but valiant at this time. In fact, he was just the opposite. He is hiding from the Midianites as he is threshing the wheat.
You wouldn't expect a valiant person to be hiding.
The Lord tells him to tear down his father's idols and because he was afraid he does it at night so that he can't be seen. Does that sound like a valiant man to you?
When something has happened to you or is happening to you now that you don't understand be patient. Give God time to complete His plan.
Gideon didn't understand why God had allowed the Midianites to conquer the Israelites and not just once but on numerous occasions.
The Israelites were living in fear at this moment of the Midianites.
What is your Midianite?
What keeps barging into your life and kicking down your strongholds?
The angel of the Lord tells Gideon God has allowed this to happen so He can use Gideon in a mighty way. There is the answer to our question, "Why has all of this happened?"
It has happened so God can use Gideon in a mighty way.
Whatever you're being challenged with today and you're not sure why God is allowing it to happen to you try thinking this way.
God is going to use you to conquer your situation in a mighty way.
Excuses are the first things to come out of Gideon's mouth as to why God is wrong.
What excuses do you use when telling God you are not ready for your trial?
Are you too old? Do you lack education? You are financially not able? Your spouse will kill you? Yes, too many times we are just like Gideon. God wants to use us and we want to give Him excuses.
Whatever test God is allowing to happen to you right now know this: If God brings you to it, God will get you through it.
Psalm 46:10 says, "Be Still and Know That I am God." In other words, He wants us to relax and trust Him no matter what situation challenges us.
Now what are you waiting for, stand up and tell God you are ready to be used by Him in a "mighty way".
Let's go conquer our own modern-day Midianites.
Think About This:
When we let God guide He will provide.
Whatever God wants us to do, He will help us do it.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.