“…if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?”
– Judges 6:13
“Oh Gideon,” we Christians may think, “if you would only take a few more steps forward to the fleece and look down the road a little further to see your valiant three hundred men. You would not even be asking this question. Why do you doubt so much, Gideon?” Well, Gideon could not see down the road to these things. His attention was focused on keeping his labor silent and hidden from the enemy. No doubt that the impoverished land of Israel and the oppression from the Midianites welled up inside of him.
Imagine the son of Joash pondering all of these things he observed being done to his people. Sense the feelings of anger, anxiety, and perplexion rising up from his heart and into his mind. Now, set yourself beside Gideon. Do you not envision having the same spirit of uncertainty? It is difficult to be critical of another when we are just as human and faulty. To doubt and to question is to be human; honesty regarding frailty can be the most significant accelerant to reliance on Jesus!
The Angel of the Lord came to Gideon at this critical juncture. Unknown to him, this would be a pivot point, and his disposition was his greatest ally. For in the Scriptures, we have described for us what Gideon thought about himself. “O my Lord,” he questioned, “how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” This was the label he placed on himself while the Angel of the Lord designated him a “mighty man of valor!” We can thank God then that He places greater value on our lives.
May we surrender our titles today and receive God’s thoughts of us. Let us peer further down the path of our lives through the mind of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that knows what we are to become. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “He who has begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). When God is ours, we already have a position…His child! We are the “object of His choice, accepted in His beloved Son.”
“I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
– 2 Corinthians 6:6