Oh, how amazing it is to find God in these places! The Old Testament is full of miraculous truths which we can use in our every-day life.
Today we walk into the life of Gideon. A hard working young man, doing his best, even under the oppression of an enemy force. It seems that the people of Israel were no longer faithful to God. So He has allowed the Midianites to come in an take over. They were like a swarm of locusts, causing the people to hide in caves and cliffs.
And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. So He appeared to Gideon to raise him as a prophet and deliver them from the hand of the Midianites.
Then the Angel of the Lord
appeared to him and said:
“The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
But Gideon questions...
Why has this happened?
Where is God in all this?
And how can I deliver anyone?
Filled with doubt, Gideon is still not aware that this is God. But soon he will realize and fulfill his calling.
Did you know that the Lord is with you?
Do you sometimes have these same sorts of questions?
I mean we sometimes sit in the middle of our sorrow struggling to find a way out. We have worked hard at something, just as Gideon did, and can't seem to find a way to make ends meet. We use all reason and logic and nothing makes sense anymore.
But I'm here to tell you today, that God is STILL with you. He has not left you. And like Gideon, He has a calling on your life for purpose. So it is imperative that we stop our striving; that we let go of the need to fix it ourselves and listen for His voice.
For then, He will turn to us and say, "Go in the strength that you have and fulfill your calling. Am I not sending you?"
Now listen to this!
God does not want us to wait until we FEEL some sort of spiritual move before we get started. Just as He told Gideon, we are to go in the strength that we have. That is simple human strength, nothing more. It sounds strange I know. How can we do amazing things for God in our own power?
But could it be that He is wanting US to show Him our will... before He will show us His? Is it possible that He wants us to step out in faith so we can meet Him in the action... when we really need Him?
For look at what happened shortly after Gideon realizes this is God speaking...
The Spirit of the Lord took control of Gideon, and he blew the ram’s horn and the Abiezrites rallied behind him.
Gideon went in his own strength... and then God empowered Him!
God will not leave us hanging. He will not abandon those who are obedient to Him. For just as He did for Gideon, He turns to us... showing us the favor of His face, when we cry out to Him in need.
Listen! He is the same God, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Trust Him in this. Let Him be the Ever-Present Favor you need today!
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