|Sometimes we need help believing.|
The Lord found Gideon in the winepress, and called him by a name which seemed completely contrary to his situation. “The Lord is with you, Mighty Warrior,” (Judges 6:12).
To be hunched over, working hard, looking up only to sneak a peek over his shoulder for Midian bandits, and have the angel of the Lord appear and call him “Mighty Warrior” must have seemed like an afternoon comedy act, delirium from the heat of the day, the toil of his labor.
I would like to even say that it is impossible without God’s intervention, His supernatural gifting of faith. Pain and suffering, fear and doubt are all very real feelings, and wrap themselves around our hearts and minds like suffocating fingers, seeking to choke all hope and life out of us. They would dictate to us that they know our reality, that they know who we really are. Hopeless.
But God knows who you are. He has made you and I to be mighty warriors, to rise above the circumstances of the winepress and believe something more. Something insanely counter to the reality our eyes see. Something only God can achieve in tandem with our belief.
Don’t be afraid to be honest with God.Honesty with God brings relief. Telling him our disappointments and fears clears our hearts and our minds that we may hear Him more clearly, making the next step clear. God’s answer to Gideon’s honesty was to shift Gideon’s focus from what he did not have, to what he did: “Go in the strength you have…” (v. 14)
Bring your logic to God.God’s call in our lives may appear illogical! It certainly did to Gideon. He all but laughs when God tells him to go and save Israel, replying, “But Lord, how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family,” (v. 15)
Lay out your fleece, not just once, but twice if you need to.God not only knows who we are, he knows what we need. Gideon needed reassurance right down to the last few days before the great battle. At night, alone with God, Gideon boldly asks Him for a sign to help his unbelief.
Instead of encountering impatience and pressure, Gideon encountered the patient love of a God who knew who Gideon really was meant to be. And He had time to wait for Gideon to realize it too, even if it took a silly game of Wet-the-Fleece.
He is with you, alongside you, and He is waiting for you to look up and tell Him your doubts. Your times are in His hands, and you cannot stop His plan for you, the fulfillment of who He knows you to be by asking for help believing.