Gideon threshing wheat.

Gideon threshing wheat.

“Sir,” Gideon replied, “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” – Judges 6:13

It is probably the most asked question about God today, or any other day, for that matter. If God is with us, why have all these bad things happened to us? If God is with us, why do children suffer? Why do natural disasters like earthquakes kill thousands of innocent people? If God is with us, why are we being terrorized by terrorists? If God is with us, why is there so much evil in the world? Not to mention the personal side: If God is with me why did I lose my job?

Gideon asks this question after the angel found him hiding in the winepress, threshing wheat for flour, while Israel’s enemies lie in wait, 120,000 strong. The angel had just called out to Gideon, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” when Gideon replied, in a cynical tone, “Sir, if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?”

“And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about?” he went on. “Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”

Does any of this sound at all familiar? As those who believe the Lord is with us, don’t we still feel abandoned? Don’t we sometimes feel as if we’ve been handed over to the enemy? Our questions might be a little different, but the idea behind them will be the same. “If the Lord is with us, why has [add you own words here] happened to us?” Which means the answer the angel gave Gideon might apply to us, too, and that’s where it gets interesting. The angel’s answer is at best obtuse to the questions.

“Then the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!’”

The Lord pretty much ignored his questions, instead, he enlisted Gideon as the answer to his own questions! This is truly profound and not to be missed: God called Gideon out to be the answer to his complaints about God. God called Gideon out to be the answer to all his blaming and his excuses. God called out Gideon to be the answer to his own objections. God called out Gideon to be the the answer to his own fear.

Well that would make Gideon out to be some kind of superhero wouldn’t it? God sure knows what He is doing here. He is setting Gideon up for something he has no strength or ability to do because He is intending to be Gideon’s strength and ability. Gideon cannot be the answer to any of these things by himself. Not even close. That’s why the angel said, “Go in the strength you have,” which, in Gideon’s case, would have meant nothing, and he would have been the first one to know that. Remember Gideon was the least in his family, from the weakest clan, and he was hiding when the angel found him. Go in the strength you have? Well that’s easy; that’s no strength at all.

But “Go in the strength you have,” was also prophetic. Soon Gideon would realize that the strength he had was stronger than the whole Midianite army put together, because it would be the strength of the Lord.

This is the process God puts us all through, even those who are relatively strong, because we all — weak and strong — have to be reduced to nothing before He can use us, lest we confuse our strength with His.

So Gideon is about to make an amazing discovery. He is about to find out that he is not only the answer to all his questions and objections to God, but he is also going to be the miracle that he previously only heard about in stories. “And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about?” Get ready, Gideon, you are about be one of those miracles for future generations like us.

Look in the mirror, Gideon. YOU ARE THE MIRACLE. The miracle is coming alive in you.

And you, as you read this, and me, as I write it — are we any different? No, not at all. We are the miracles we’ve only heard about until now. We are all miracles ready to happen.

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12 Responses to YOU ARE THE MIRACLE!

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    I’m getting fairly excited about this study Pastor John – and much thx 4 “re-kindling” the fire I once had to learn about God & His Word and applying it to my life too… 🙂

    PS had a small lil miracle happen to my youngest sister, Marsha and her entire family (this is the same sister I wrote about the other day that her 1st born son, Kyle that jus found his life to be too hard, so he hung himself) What happened was yesterday as Camm (Kyle’s sister) who is very artistic and love to draw and take photos (she pretty darn good too) Anyway she showed both her Mom & Dad a new colored pencil drawing she had done of Kyle. It look pretty neat too – it’s of him from the back flapped his wings and the neat thing is after they looked @ it and all went to go and get into the car to drive to place where a few Kyle’s buddies would meet them to have a 23rd Birthday celebration – Get this, as they walked to the car they just happened to look up and seen the clouds had formed out the word: “ART” – Isn’t that so cool! 🙂

  2. Joyce Bedrosian says:

    Wow…today’s post on Gideon was so timely for our family. Our son is dealing with some new medical issues (as he has had many during his 21 years) and we were sitting at UCLA this morning waiting to see a new specialist. I opened my email while waiting and read your “YOUR ARE THE MIRACLE” post which blessed my heart. Then, I read it out loud to my son and it was just the encouragement and reminder he needed. I studied Gideon recently, but your post really nailed it and was a perfect reminder of how God does His best work in our weakness.
    Thank you!

  3. Hahahaha! I actually find this funny, believe it or not! I am a miracle, because I have life. I almost died when I was 5 y/o, I had contracted spinal meningitis, given my last rights, because I am allergic to penicillin and sulfur, yet lo and behold I still breath wondering the purpose which I thought I knew at one point. Yet much like Gideon, God never answers and really no surprise, because didn’t Jesus always answered a question with one? Lol 😀

    • Mark Seguin says:

      Yes, my friend Coleen T. you are a miracle not jus becauz what happened to you when you were 5yrs. old, yet ALSO becauz you are you – and there is no-one else just like you! 🙂

  4. Peter Leenheer says:

    Isn’t it interesting how Gideon questions the Lord about …..why have you abandoned us, when in reality Israel had abandoned God. Yet God does not accuse or blame like we do, Instead he calls us a miracle, a mighty warrior, in John 14:12 Jesus says you will do greater things than I. Yet we doubt our abilities, usually this is because God is not in the mix. This happens to me often and usually I don’t even discern that I have abandoned God and am relying on my own strength. It took Gideon some time for God to convince him that he was still the same and had not abandoned him. This is me time and time again. Man it is hard to remember I am the sinner and so mistreat God, when in reality I mistreat Him!!

  5. hahimes says:

    “Go with the strength you have…..”, and God will be with you. I love that. I need that reminder for sure. It’s not up to me and my strength. It’s not that I am so bold and strong and know everything. It’s about taking that little step with the little strength I have at that moment and finding that God is in that step, and will be there every step after that. Perhaps I shouldn’t let my weakness or fear of weakness stop me, but realize that if God is sending me (even if that means “just” sending me into another day), He will be there with me.

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