The Lord and Gideon

One day an angel appeared and spoke to Gideon, “The Lord is helping you, and you are a strong warrior.”

Gideon answered, “Please don’t take this wrong, but if the Lord is helping us, then why have all of these awful things happened? We’ve heard how the Lord performed miracles and rescued our ancestors from Egypt. But those things happened long ago. Now the Lord has abandoned us to the Midianites.”

Then the Lord himself said, “Gideon, you will be strong, because I am giving you the power to rescue Israel from the Midianites.”

Gideon replied, “But how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest one in Manasseh, and everyone else in my family is more important than I am.”

“Gideon,” the Lord answered, “you can rescue Israel because I am going to help you!”

We shouldn’t focus on what we can and cannot do. For the Lord can do all things, and with him all things are possible. We may not have strength, power, or authority. But we have the Lord, who loves us and will supply our needs. The Lord is ready to help. All we have to do is call on Him, and remain in faith.