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The Lord has not Forsaken You!

Written by Ssewanyana Gideon Timothy – Lessons from Gideon

Looking at the story of Gideon, we clearly see that all the suffering the Israelites experienced couldn’t have happened if they had obeyed God and not indulged in evil/worldly acts. “Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years” – Judges 6:1.

Gideon comes into the picture, when the Israelites prayed and cried so hard to the Lord and regardless of their walking away from God, He comes in and intervenes (Judges 6:6-12). This actually shows us that our God is loving and ready to listen to our prayers even when we feel lost and have for long turned away from Him.

God singles out Gideon out of the entire Israel whose clan, Gideon claims, was the weakest in Israel and that not being enough, Gideon was from a very poor family. He was also the youngest in that family. It is so evident Gideon didn’t believe much in himself and doubted greatly that he could do something great, just like most of us. His doubts were so high that even when the Lord assured him of success saying, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man” – Judges 6:16, he still doubted and asked for signs. “If now I have found favour in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me. Do not depart from here, I pray, until I come to You and bring out my offering and set it before You.” And He said, “I will wait until you come back” – Judges 6:17-18.

Even so, we see that the Lord was so much determined to use Gideon despite him being a nobody that, He waited for Gideon to perform his sacrificial test. “So Gideon went in and prepared a young goat and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot; and he brought them out to Him under the terebinth tree and presented them. The Angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And he did so” – Judges 6:19-20.

Surprisingly this wasn’t the last test Gideon wanted from God, he asked for more signs to concretely prove God’s assurance. Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said, look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said. “And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground. – Judges 6:36-40. But God was very understanding and patient with Gideon and He gave him a miraculous victory. (Judges 7)

From Gideon’s story, we often think we are invisible in this world or invisible in the societies we live in more so if we come from very humble family backgrounds just like him, but I would like to remind you that the Lord we serve is a personal God. He understands us individually, He knows us individually, He loves us individually and He is willing to lift us from grass to grace. From being invisible to being visible as long as His name is to be glorified at the end of it all.

From the same story, we also learn that God wouldn’t have chosen Gideon if the Israelites hadn’t cried to the Lord and sought for Him to intervene. We learn not to keep quiet about what hurts us deeply, even for our friends, family members and neighbours because our God is capable of clearing anything.

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Joshua Kats

January 20, 2023

Amen. May we also cry out to God just like they did. God shall intervene in our hurtful situations

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Lauretta

January 20, 2023

His ears are wide open!

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Nakimera Loyce

January 20, 2023

Thanks for sharing the word of God Gideon

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Lauretta

January 20, 2023

Thank you for your time, sis!

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Nom

January 20, 2023

Such a great reminder, God is indeed faithful always. Thank you for showing God’s love and patience so beautifully

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Lauretta

January 21, 2023

Amen! Thanks, Nom for your time🙏🏿.

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