Everyone has heard about Gideon as we read about him in Judges. Everytime I read about him though, something pops in my head.
His relationship with the Lord was intimate and fearless! We read that the Lord Himself appears to him!!!
12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” I don’t know about you but I would be scared.. – I know I shouldn’t Well Gideon isn’t afraid at all, on the contrary, he goes on and complains to the Lord about the present situation of the people – they were exploited by the Midianites.
Here is the passage: 13 And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are (P)all his wonderful deeds (Q)that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 And the Lord[a] turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; (R)do not I send you?”
This is happening nowadays, people even risk losing their faith and when things go wrong, the temptation is to ‘blame the Lord’ :
- why did this happen to me?
- where did Covid come from?
- why are there wars everywhere?..
However, let’s always remember that the Lord our God is awesome, good and full of compassion for us! Now, let’s consider the reasons why the Lord was not happy with the Israelites…They started to worship idols instead of the true God.
More to come later…May the Lord our God bless you brothers and sisters wherever you are in the mighty name of Jesus-Christ our Saviour.