In Judges 6 Israel is being oppressed by the Midianites and the Lord lets them know the reason for their oppression is because they have not obeyed the Lord.  Then the angel of the LORD (pre-incarnate appearance of Christ) came to Gideon and said, “The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior.”  Gideon responded with doubt, since the Israelites were under oppression and he had not seen any of the miracles that their forefathers had told them about.  The angel of the LORD tells him, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian, Have I not sent you?”  Gideon responds by saying he is not qualified to do this.  The LORD said HE would be with him.  Gideon ends up tearing down the altar to Baal and the Asherah and the other men of the city want to kill him for this.  His father, Joash, tells them to let Baal take it up with Gideon.  Gideon then asks the Lord to show him 2 signs using a fleece that the LORD will be with him and delver Israel through him.  Gideon’s asking for these signs is a symbol of his weak faith.  The thing that stands out to me in this passage is when the LORD tells him in verse 14 to “Go in this your strength.” At the end of the verse the LORD tells Gideon that his strength is the fact that the LORD had sent him.  He reiterates this in verse 17 when he says, “Surely I will be with you…”  The fact that the LORD had sent him and would be with him is all he needed.  As one who has been given new birth in Christ, I have the LORD dwelling in me, therefore HE is always with me.  This is enough to go in confidence and do all the LORD has called me to do.  LORD, remind me that You are with me and You are all I need.

– Bryan McKenzie

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