Big Enough to Ask
Judges 6:11-16 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” “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.” The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Have you ever asked that question, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” I have, and I think it’s so cool that it’s in the Bible; that God wasn’t afraid of this question; He wasn’t concerned with our questioning His position in our lives because I think this is how we seek Him.
We ask Him, “God, where are you; why has this happened; what should I do?” God is big enough for the questions; let’s make ourselves open to the answers.
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