why then has all this happened to us? Judges 6:13
Do you ever find yourself wondering about why you're going through such a rough time when God's promises are supposed to protect you? You've prayed, you've read your Bible, you attend church and yet the pressure doesn't seem to lift.
That's exactly what happened with Gideon. The Midianites were walking over the Israelites like they were a carpet! They stole their cattle, sheep, donkeys and ox. And just before the harvest, the Midianites would take over the land and let their camels eat the crops down to the stubble. The Bible says they were like locusts.
The Israelites were left impoverished and hid in caves and dens to hide from the invaders who they feared. Even Gideon was hiding in a pit when the angel of the Lord came to him.
The angel more or less said, "Why are you acting this way. Don't you know who you are? You are a child of the Most High God!"
That's when Gideon replied, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?"
As the account continues, Gideon learns that he hasn't recognized his position and was allowing the enemy to steal and destroy what was rightfully his! He had the power of the Lord with him. In fact, God told him that because He would help him, defeating the Midianites would be like defeating one man!
Too often, we also forget who we are in Christ. We don't access the power given to us . . . and instead we stay in the pit and allow the enemy to steal, kill and destroy what is rightfully ours. When Gideon realized his errors, he made sure everything was right before God and then he went to battle and won.
We can do the same thing! Read Judges 6 and see if you can find yourself in the Scriptures. Remember your identity in Christ and then access the same Lord that Gideon accessed. The victory is ours, but we need to take it!