“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
Do you ever question God?
Gideon did. Over and over and over again.
He looked at the situation in Israel, and instead of recognizing how they had disobeyed the Lord and worshiped idols, he questioned why God would seemingly abandon them. Gideon knew about stories of God’s faithfulness, but he hadn’t experienced them firsthand, so he lacked belief.
Have you ever looked at your life and thought, “Ok, Lord, I know other people have said you are faithful...I know your Word says you’re faithful, but it really feels like you’ve abandoned me here...”
Gideon was someone who wanted proof of God’s faithfulness. In fact, He wanted proof of God’s very identity...multiple times.
His story says so much about our God.
Instead of chastising Gideon for wanting to know He was who said He was, He met Him where He was and honored His requests!
The Bible is filled with stories of people who had to ask, “God are you who you actually say you are?”
And His resounding and faithful answer is, “I am.”
Jeremiah 29:13 promises, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
If you, like me, ever question God, do it honestly. Go to Him. Seek Him with all your heart. Jesus will say to you what He said to Thomas centuries ago — “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”