Scripture: Judges 6:13-14
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." The LORD looked at him and said, "Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?"
Insights: After the Lord calls Gideon a valiant warrior, he responds back with a series of questions which reveal his true doubt and disbelief in the Lord God and His power. I believe this attitude of questioning the Lord God is one of the major downfalls of the church in America today. We are constantly questioning the commands of the Lord and those questions often times lead us down a pity party path. I want you to notice the answers the Lord gives Gideon to his questions. Look at verse fourteen and read the Lord’s response again. Did you catch the Lord’s answer to the questions? No you did not, because the Lord does not even address the issues with Gideon. You will recall this technique was the same one the Lord used on Job in his time of questioning God. Rather, what the Lord did say to Gideon was, in Scott’s translation, “Get up and go fight the Midianites, I am with You and You will win!” Keep in mind the scene for a moment. Gideon is hiding and does not think he is this valiant warrior and yet the Lord tells him to go in his strength. Is the Lord really telling Gideon that he is personally strong enough to defeat Midian? The answer is no. Notice the question the Lord gives to Gideon. He asks him, “Have I not sent you?” In other words, the strength that Gideon possesses is not his own strength, but rather the presence of the Lord is His strength. If you are born again, then you are of the Beloved of the Lord and He is always with you. You have the same kind of strength and power as Gideon. Focus on the assignment the Lord has given to you and you will not have time enough to ask questions which are truly irrelevant at the end of the day.
- Is your life plagued by questions?
- What assignment has the Lord given to you?
Prayer: Father, so often I question what You are doing and why You are doing things the way You are doing them. Help me to be so focused on what You have commanded me to do that I do not have time to get sidetracked with peripheral and unimportant issues. Amen.