Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Solution, not explanation of problem...
And Gideon said "Pray, sir, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this befallen us?..."
And the LORD turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours, and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?"
The angel of the LORD had earlier told Gideon "The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valour." Look what Gideon does to this declaration; he says, "If the LORD is with us, why...?"
The first thing he does is take focus off himself yet the LORD was putting the focus on him specifically. He tries to persist with his low esteem by trying to focus on the problem than what God had said. At times we are like Gideon; the LORD tells us how much He loves us and is ready to accomplish feats, then we respond by saying, " Ah, the LORD loves us all equally."
While the sun shines the same over the earth, it more powerful when it strikes through a magnifying glass; because there the rays are magnified onto one place and eventually, light up the surface it falls on.
Amazingly God did not give Gideon the answer he was looking for. Instead, He said "Go in this might of yours..." Which "might" might he be meaning? He was referring to His earlier statement, "The LORD is with you!" He went on to say, " Do not I send you?".
The LORD had a sure purpose for Gideon, and that is what His focus was. He had come to deliver Israel through Gideon. The LORD is more interested in your deliverance than your bondage. He will not waste time focusing on your bondage when what He wants is to set you free.
This is the story here- Gideon was focusing on the "why's" of their bondage to Midian but the LORD was not there to give a thesis on their current situation. He had come to take them out of it, and that is the only thing He had determined to do.
Praise God! For He forgets quickly and loves deeply. Didn't God have the right to condemn and rebuke them when Gideon asked his question? He did. But that time was past, He was intent on delivering them now!! Amen!
Thank God, for there is therefore now no condemnation to those in Christ. Like Gideon's case, Jesus will never put focus on your past. Neither will He focus on your inconsistency, He has come for salvation, period! Not to give you a list of your failures that led to your predicament. No. He is a deliverer. He is your solution.
Therefore, whatever it is, God is with you and His mind is set on your deliverance, not your condemnation! Forget the condemning talk of "because you did this, this is happening to you-He is a now God-for you now.
John 3:17 "For God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him!"
So, in your addiction; folly; weakness; remember God wants you out, not to talk to you about why you're there. He's not here to explain your sin, He has come to take you out of it. He is not here to explain your debt; He's here to relieve you of it. Is it not Jesus who said, come, all who are heavy laden, that I may give you rest? He did not say- Come to me all who are heavy laden, that I may explain your burdens.
Praise God; He is a deliverer, not a religious finger pointing condemning God. Let's not mix up the work of Jesus and the devil. The devil will remind you of your sin; your curse. The LORD reminds you, He became sin that you may become the righteousness of God in Christ; He became a curse that you may be blessed. Glory.