When I was a child, I felt invincible. Yet, age is the great equalizer. Subsequently, in my latter years, I have experienced times when I feel like God has abandoned me. These moments in times have left me lost in a world of darkness.
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian,” Judges 6:13.
After Joshua’s death in the Old Testament, Judges began to lead the nation of Israel. Unfortunately, Gideon endured a similar fate, wondering if God had forgotten the promises made to his chosen people. During a conversation with an angel, Gideon poured out his heart, sharing his concerns.
The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!”
In the hours and days that followed, the Spirit of the Lord fell upon Gideon. This encounter empowered Gideon to free Israel from the hands of the Midianites. Although, there were likely some concerns with Gideon’s heart and mind, the Sword of the Lord was the source of victory. This invisible power provided a miracle which generations continue to recount. If you are feeling helpless today, cry out to God so that the Sword of the Lord will rescue you from trouble.
by Jay Mankus