A Confident Warrior


One of the misconceptions many of us believe is that when God is with us and for us, we won’t experience bad things. It can be quite a shock when we go through a very long season of difficulties. We question our faith, we question what’s going on and we question God. Almost every time, there are no answers. I remember crying out, “God, where are you? If you’re with me, why is this happening?” I didn’t get any answers, but I did find out that God’s Grace is deeper than any trouble I went through. It was sufficient to carry me through the darkest times.

In Judges 6, Israel was constantly being attacked by the Midianites for seven years. When Israel’s crops would start to grow, the Midianites would come destroy them. They stole their livestock as well so that Israel was without food and became impoverished. Israelites lived in constant fear because of it. That’s when the Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and called him a mighty warrior saying God was with him. In verse 13 he replied, “‘Sir, if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites’” (NLT). He didn’t get answer, but he did get a mission to deliver Israel.

Even when we face the longest, darkest struggles, we have God’s promise to never leave us. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid of them. Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you” (GNT). It’s hard to be confident in those times. Gideon wasn’t, but God called out the confident warrior in him. There’s a confident warrior in you too. You are able to face any struggle, fight every battle and survive any difficult season because God is with you. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Don’t back down or lose hope now. Be determined and confident in Him. He will not fail you or go back on His promises.

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  1. The Bible never says that we won’t have trouble. However, it does say that God will walk through life, good and bad, with the faithful.

  2. Definitely! Another thought is that sometimes it is difficult to determine if the purpose of the trials is to strengthen our faith, or if we are being disciplined for something. In the case of the Israelites, they continuously fell away from following God and pursued idols, leading to their persecution. When they repented, then God delivered them from their enemies. On the other hand, people might experience tribulations like Job, with no wrong-doing involved, but rather faith “exercise”, and to help us keep a proper perspective of God.

    • Great insight! Thanks for sharing. It can be difficult to determine. In both cases, God is drawing us into a closer relationship with Him. The closer we are to Him the more readily we will recognize which one is going on.

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