Life is beautiful, but also so incredibly trying at times. There are days it’s hard to see how you’re going walk through the valley ahead of you to get you to the next mountaintop. When you are in the depth of a valley, it’s easy to focus on a “why me” mentality. During these times we tend to meditate on the problem and withdraw from others. Perhaps depression creeps in and we begin to allow ourselves to feel paralyzed by our circumstance.
Gideon knew something about trouble. When we are introduced to him in Judges 6, the Israelites were being oppressed by the Midianites. In verse 13 he says, “’O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles…But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Have you ever had a similar conversation with God?
God instructs Gideon to prepare for war and assures him deliverance is coming. When God tells us to do something that’s uncomfortable, do we sometimes make excuses? Maybe you try to reason with God. Gideon proceeds to do just that in verse 15 “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least of my father’s house.”
What was God’s response? “Surely I will be with you…” (Judges 6:16). Gideon was never going to defeat the Midianites in his own strength, and God knew that. God was waiting for Gideon to succumb to His power. Verse 34 continues, “But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; then he blew the trumpet, and the Abezrites gathered behind him.” God will send His Spirit to come upon you at that very divine moment. When you feel like giving up, lean on the Lord.
Have you had some Middionites on your back this week? The truth is, God knows this life is too hard for us in our own strength. We cannot do it on our own. We have to rely on him. Psalm 18:1-2 “I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Isaiah 40: 29-31 “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might. He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
When you don’t have the strength, God will blanket you His power. All we have to do is keep taking one step at a time. Judges 7:15 says “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of the Midian into you hand.” Chapter 8 verse 3 says “When Gideon came to Jordan…he was exhausted but still in pursuit.” If you are exhausted, rest in Him. Release your strength and enlist the strength of the Lord.