“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.”
The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”
And the LORD said, “I will wait until you return.”
… But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” Judges 6:13-18, 23
13 Me: Lord, if you’re with me, than why has all this happened to me? I thought you brought me out of this bondage! Now, here I stand, back in the hand of the enemy! I’m feeling dread and my guts are in turmoil!
14 God: Go ahead. You’re strong enough. Would I send you to die?!
15 Me: How can I change anything? My words are weak against theirs and I’m viewed with the least credibility among all of them!
16 God: I will be with you. You got this.
17-18 Me: So if this is the case, show me that this is what You’re telling me to do. I’m at your feet, Lord, direct me! What if they are careless with their words and this gets me emotionally riled up again?
17b God: Get in the Word then… I’ll wait.
Me: *Reading through the passages….*
23 God: “Get.a.grip. This.isn’t.gonna.kill.you!”
How I’ve applied this instruction of the Lord. I spoke to this person I was praying about. I spoke honestly and plainly. I was me in my strength – the strength the Lord has given me over time along the path that He’s brought me down. I spoke to this person and I was okay! My dread ceased when He spoke and I was confident that no matter the response, I would be okay. And I am. 🙂
Wow, Lord. I’m so thankful for this awesome relationship we have. That something so simple as how I should handle a silly situation. I’m so in awe of Your love and presence in my life. Thank You Thank You Thank You! Thank You that you led me to a place that wouldn’t hurt me; that You’ve gone before me and lead me to healing and not destruction. Lord I pray I would always heed your instruction and that I would always seek Your will in everything. Thank You Father! Amen!