“And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”” (Judges 6:12). These words really got Gideon’s attention! Perhaps he did not realize the Lord was with him, especially considering the circumstances he was in. We must be careful not to assume the worst when, humanly speaking, conditions tell us God is absent. The truth is that God is present in the most difficult situations, looking for the slightest evidence of faith and then acting to strengthen that faith.
Gideon is respectful to this heavenly visitor, yet immediately asks hard questions to gain clarity and understanding as to why Israel was in the oppressed conditions. The Lord did not answer Gideon’s questions directly but told him to “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” (6:14). God accomplishes great things through those prepared and sent by Him. Self-appointed leaders always fail and come short of God’s purpose.
Gideon has one more issue with God - “And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house”” (6:15). What a humble man! Here is a man with exactly the kind of attitude God is looking for. “And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man”” (6:16).
God delights to be with those who know they are nothing without the power of God’s Holy Spirit working in them. This is the type of person God sends into the most difficult places and shows His power to transform what others say is impossible. Are you one of those persons?
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