Posted by: Dale | March 1, 2010

Mighty People of Valor


And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!”   Gideon said to Him, “O my lord,[a] if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:12-14)

I love that passage of scripture. It shows the humanity of a great Bible “hero”.  It shows regardless of what we think of our situation and what we think of ourselves God thinks differently. If you read the story of Gideon, he was not really in a good mood over the situation he and the rest of the country was in. They were under oppression by the Midianites and he was down in the dumps. He saw the bigness of the situation he was facing and to him it was insurmountable. He let the problem outweigh his view of who God was and how God was able to act in and through Gideon.

I think we struggle with the same inward focused agenda. We are often so short sighted we don’t see the solution that God has already planned. It is not about us denying our problems, but realizing that no matter how big our problems are, God is greater than all our needs. Faith in God is not sticking your head in the sand and ignoring situations, but rather it is seeing things the way God sees them.

So, no matter how you feel about yourself, or your problems. God sees them entirely different and says to you like he said to Gideon, “The Lord is with you, you mighty Man/Woman of Valor.”

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