Judges 6:13 “…and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of…”
Judges 6 records a dismal time in Israel’s history. They were under severe oppression by the Midianites because of their sinful choices. Life was hard and the people of Israel could not imagine a time that existed earlier in their history in which they had triumphantly taken the promised land. However, when the consequences of sin take their course, they often serve as a tremendous tool to humble our souls and cause us to seek the Lord again, which happened. It was then that God went out and found Gideon to be the man He would work through to rescue the Jews from the oppression they experienced. When the Angel of the Lord visited Gideon, one of the first things out of his mouth was, “where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of…” Evidently, Gideon had been rehearsing in his mind how God rescued the Jews from Egypt, dried up the waters of the Jordan river, took out the impregnable city of Jericho, destroyed large armies that attacked Israel, etc. Where was that God that worked these great miracles? IN this case, God told Gideon that He was going to work a great miracle through him, and did. IF you know the story, Gideon lead a band of 300 men against an enormous Midianite army and won.
Sometimes life overwhelms us and it appears that things are beyond hope. We have heard of the “great workings of God” in the past, but wonder why they don’t happen now or at least why don’t we personally experience them. May I say, we still serve the same God, who can do the same things. However, we must determine to seek Him so that He does. Based on Gideon’s statements in Judges 6:13, it appears that Gideon was praying, was seeking answers from the Lord, and the Lord responded. We often think the great workings of God are just in the past, no, they are for now too. Matthew Henry wrote a full commentary of the scriptures. He once said this, ““When God intends great mercy for his people, he first of all sets them praying.” Could it be that God desires again to work the miracles of old, but is allowing the troubles of the times to send us to our knees first? May we not “cast away our confidence which hath great recompense of reward,” but may we in our brokenness, seek the Lord, pouring out our cares to Him and allowing Him to work the miracles He desires to work out in our lives!
Please take some time to pray today.