“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…?”‘
Gideon voices a sentiment vey common among believers today. He looked at the conditions of his world and began to wonder where were all the miracles. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever, why was he not seeing great and miraculous changes happening in his lifetime? I find it very interesting how the Lord responds to Gideon’s accusations.
“Then the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?'”
The response from heaven seems to imply that if Gideon wants to see the miraculous, he will have to get out of his hiding place, step out in faith, and allow the Lord to work in and through his life. What follows for Gideon will be a bold and courageous stand against the idolatry in his own life, his home, and his community. Shortly following this incident, he will step into the battlefield with a handful of ill-equipped and untrained soldiers, in an attempt to drive the Midianites out of Israel.
As the pages of the calendar turn, the methods of God do not change. Just as in Gideon’s day, God is seeking to stir the heart of people who will be willing to commit themselves completely to Him, and step out in faith to see what God may want to accomplish through them. If we want to see great things done by God, we have to get out of our caves of security. It is time to stop allowing fear to keep us from the amazing things God may want to do through us. Just like Gideon, we will not be left alone once we make those first courageous steps.
“And the Lord said to him, ‘Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.'”