Everybody identifies with poor Gideon. There he was, fearfully thrashing his wheat in the middle of the night, minding his own business, when he had an encounter with the Lord. Then God got a little crazy, he called Gideon a “mighty man of valor”, and everyone knew that wasn’t true. Then God calls Gideon to get the Mideonites out of the land.
God must have known what he was doing, but Gideon didn’t. So he had a couple questions while he had God’s attention for a few minutes.
- Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us?
- Where be all his miracles which our father’s told us?
“But now the Lord hath forsake us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
Gideon had good questions. He didn’t understand what was going on in their country and why God hadn’t fixed it. He really was confused.
God doesn’t answer Gideon’s at all. He just tells Gideon what to do. God said, “Go in this they might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites, have I not sent thee?
God doesn’t always give us the answers we want. Sometimes we are angry with Him for not intervening. But God just doesn’t answer our questions:
Deuteronomy 29:29 says
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God. But those things which are revealed belong unto us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of the law”.
Some questions God answers, and some He doesn’t. So when life is rough and you are thrashing wheat in the middle of the night so the enemy doesn’t find you, remember this:
God ALWAYS has a reason, and His reason is perfect. Just trust. Gideon did and look what happened to him!
Taken from Judges 6