“If the Lord is with us, then why….?” A Gideon Study by Jason Whisenhunt

I think the portion of the story of Gideon that stood out to me was chapter 6 verse 13… 

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
Gideon felt like the lord was not with him and “threw him to the wolves” so to speak. I think often in our lives we reach a point when we feel God may not be with us. We feel like we are left alone in this world because of an unfortunate event or unfortunate state that we’re in. This is not at all the case. The lord is with us all the time we just don’t always feel that way.
Gideon says ” But Lord, how can I save Israel?  My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” We might not always feel like we are worthy to do what God wants from us but we need to work our hardest to follow his word and do what he asks. He will give us the strength and the plan in due time just as he did with Gideon. We are given the tools to complete every challenge in life when we read the word of God and develop a long lasting relationship with him.
Gideon challenged God by asking for signs. I think we often do the same.  We ask God in our minds to just give us one more push to do something or give us one sign. We SHOULD follow his will wholeheartedly without question but its not always easy and it’s why I can relate to Gideon’s struggle.
Finally, when Gideon does get his signs and submits to the lords will, he is rewarded. When his men blew thier trumpets, his enemies turned against themselves and he won the battle. I think if we as men lead our homes and continue to follow the lord we will have our enemies turn against one another!

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