This is something I read by Susan Gregory. I wanted to share this with each of you. A little lengthy but keep on reading…
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? (YEP!) You’ve prayed, you’ve read your Bible, (YEP!) you attend church, you give your tithes (YEP!)…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 oxen. And just when the harvest was ready, the Midianites took over the land and let their camels eat the crops down to the stubble. The Bible says the camels were like locusts.
The Israelites were left impoverished and fled to caves and dens to hide from the invaders. 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 he 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?” (Sounds familiar?)
As the account continues, Gideon learns that because he hadn’t recognized his position, he 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.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Do you ever feel like camels have eaten your harvest every month when you pay your bills? Do you feel like you are surrounded by enemies with all of the pressures of this world coming in against you? Do you ever wish you could just go hide out in a cave to escape what seems like impending darkness all around?….
Too often we also forget who we are in Christ the King. We don’t access the power that He won on the cross and then gave to us. Instead we stay in the pit and allow the enemy of this world to steal, kill, and destroy what is rightfully ours through the victory of Christ.
When Gideon realized his errors, he made sure everything was right before God and then prepared for battle, trusting in the Lord as his commander in chief. He did everything the Lord told him to do, which led him to victory over the invaders and caused the Israelites to receive all that had been stolen from them. We can do the same thing! Read Judges 6 and 7 and see if you can find yourself in the Scriptures. Remember, your identify in Christ and then access the same Lord that Gideon accessed. The victory is ours, but we need to take it.
So, go identify your enemies, gird yourself in the weapons of our warfare, and fight your battles with your Commander in Chief in His rightful place. He only knows victory, and the victory is yours for the taking!
“Lord, wash me and make me clean as I put away the evil of my doings. Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” This is personal. God bless you!