THE BOOK OF JUDGES.Gideon Encounters God.

GIDEON.. HE SPEAKS TODAY!

Among the COMPROMISE and CORRUPTION of Israel in the time of Judges we do have men and women who remained faithful to GOD and His ways.

They were..

“LIGHTS in the DARKNESS.”

“STREAMS in the DESERT and ..

“TREES planted by the RIVERS of WATER.”

It does us good to read of those perilous times and learn that our choices of today can lead us away from God .. and the results are much the same even though in a different setting.

Gideon was the Sixth JUDGE of lsrael and is counted one of the Heroes in the history of ISRAEL .. Yet he did not start out as a Hero.
He was at first a pathetic figure of unbelief!

Judges 6:1-23. He was a nervous young man, secretly threshing wheat in the Winepress .. to hide it! from marauding MIDIANITES.

God appears to him as a “MIGHTY MAN OF VALOUR.” HE also tries to get Gideon to
see himself as a Mighty Man of Valour..

But have a closer look at Gideon’s responses!
He gasps, “Oh my LORD, ‘If’ JEHOVAH is ‘with’ us, then ‘Why’ has this happened to us? And ‘Where’ are all His miracles we have heard?
Jehovah ‘has’ forsaken us.
Didn’t He ‘bring’ us out EGYPT?
GOD ‘HAS’ FORSAKEN US” !!!

Whenever things go wrong, do you as Gideon question the validity of God?
“OH”..”IF “..”WHY”..”WHERE”.. “BUT.”
God is so patient, in verse 14 He gives Gideon encouraging instructions.
“HAVE I NOT SENT YOU?”
But Gideon could only moan.

“OH LORD HOW SHALL I SAVE ISRAEL?” The Lord replies further,
“SURELY I WILL BE WITH YOU” what a security this should bring, but not yet with nervous Gideon.
This evokes another stammering statement of lack of Faith from Gideon,

“IF, I HAVE FOUND GRACE IN YOUR SIGHT” “SHOW ME A SIGN”!! This surely shows Gideon was not a man of faith, but a man of uncertainty and unbelief !!

How are you coping with your circumstances today?
Are you contending with God? Do you have a List of things that God .. must do .. before you will TRULY BELIEVE?
Think about the verse written in Heb 11:1.

“FAITH IS THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT YET SEEN.”

DOUBT SEES THE OBSTACLE, FAITH

SHOWS THE WAY.
DOUBT SEES THE DARK OF NIGHT,
FAITH LIGHTS THE WAY.
DOUBT DREADS TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP, BUT FAITH WALKS ON THROUGH THE DAY.
DOUBT SAYS “I CAN’T BELIEVE.” FAITH ANSWERS..
“JESUS IS
THE WAY!!”

“LORD .. PLEASE INCREASE MY FAITH.”

Amen.

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