The Lord is With Me

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “the Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” “But Sir”, Gideon replied, “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” Judges 6:12

Gideon is threshing wheat in a wine press, for fear the Midianites might see him and attack him. The wine press can have several different shapes, but Gideon was probably standing in a deep circular stone pit. He doesn’t appear to be very “warrior” like at the time, as he seeks to hide from the Midianites as he works.

Gideon doesn’t even wonder or respond to the angels statement personally, he responds to it nationally, “Why has all this happened to us?” Is he deflecting? Is he just complaining about the situation his people have found themselves in? Or is the term “mighty warrior” so outside his realm of possibilities that he can’t even imagine it?

What does the Lord see in us, that we can’t see in ourselves?

  • Our possibilities
  • Our passion
  • Our faith
    Our desire to serve and help others
  • God gives us these opportunities to challenge us and push us to grow. To build our confidence in ourselves and our faith in Him.
  • But, maybe it’s not about who we are, but who God is. The angel of the Lord said, “The Lord is with you”. If God is with us, (and He is with all believers), then I AM a mighty warrior if the Lord says I am.
  • So the next time the Lord encourages me and says He is with me, and calls me a name, like, “Overcomer”, I will not deflect, or start complaining about the lack of faith in our nation, I will stand up and be ready to do whatever the Lord asks of me, because the Lord is with me.
  • Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for seeing things in me that I don’t see in myself. Help me be obedient to your call and do the things you ask of me. Not because I am mighty, but because you are Mighty! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
  • Published by Linda Colby

    Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

    4 thoughts on “The Lord is With Me

    1. Amen Linda, Amen! What a powerful and timely message that we all need to hear. Yes, it’s not about me, but what the Lord sees in me that I don’t see in myself. It’s not about what I can or can’t do, but what He can and will do if I will just surrender to Him. Thank you so much. Amen to your prayer for each one of us and our beloved Nation. Blessings, Susan


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