“And the Lord answered, ‘I will be with you..."
– Judges 6:16
The constant media headlines tell us how dark and broken our world is. Images and reminders all around us shout that we’re “not enough.” The enemy is great at heaping on guilt, condemnation, and fear.
Gideon found himself feeling weak and afraid. He was fearful and trying to keep hidden from view of the enemy who’d been raiding their land. The angel spoke straight through to his fear and weakness, "When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior." Judges 6:12 Don’t you love that he called him “mighty warrior” right at the time he felt so discouraged and afraid? But God sees "mighty" when we see "weak." He sees victory when we see defeat. He gives hope, when we're filled with disappointment.
Gideon questioned, "If God was with us, then why did this happen?" Sounds familiar...ever been there? “If God is really here, then why?” “If God is really good, then when?” “If God really cares, then how?” And even with the questions, after His people had turned their backs on Him, God sends his messenger to encourage, to remind Gideon and all of the Israelites, that He was surely with them.
Yet while staring straight at an angel, Gideon continued to persist with defeated thoughts, "But I am the weakest, I am the least...how can God save Israel?" “And the Lord answered, Five powerful words. “I will be with you.”
The battle can be intense. Disappointments come. We struggle with feeling like we haven't measured up. He's still with us, no matter how we might feel, or what struggles flood our thoughts. A reminder for your heart, in whatever you might be facing, "The Lord is with you...mighty warrior."