"God? Test, Test" (Pt. 1)
Judges 6:13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?”
God’s people felt abandoned. Their 401k’s were drying up. The streets weren’t safe. Running away and hiding seemed like the only good option.
Why had this happened? God’s people forgot their identity. They worshipped false gods. They expected all of God’s blessings, but they refused to live lives that showed their gratitude to God. You couldn’t tell God’s people from their neighbors.
The people abandoned God. But God is more faithful to his people than God’s people are to God. God appointed Gideon to lead God’s people in battle to restore peace and prosperity.
The first step was to get rid of the false gods people were worshiping. If we expect the Lord to be with us, shouldn’t we be willing to demonstrate with our lives our own loyalty to God?
The second step was defeating the enemies.
Gideon wasn’t so sure that God was really the One giving orders. He didn’t want to go out and engage the enemy unless it really was God who was speaking.
How do you know if God is speaking to you?