‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses (…) to the ends of the earth.’ Acts 1:8
Would we not feel ashamed when someone would call us ‘mighty warriors’ while we were secretly hiding the harvested wheat from the enemy? But Gideon had a bigger problem than to uphold his own honor. He answered with the question burning in his heart, ‘But if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?’ It is very important to notice that he not said ‘me’, but ‘us’.
Often we are so preoccupied with our own problems that we are hardly aware of the needs and distress of those around us. That is why we so poorly understand the mission we have: to be witnesses of Jesus in this world.
The Bible summons us to be of sober mind, in order to be able to really pray (1 Peter 4:7). The sober question - occupying Gideon’s mind - was: ‘Where are all His wonders that our ancestors told us about?’ True, for what good does a historical God mean to us if He is now silent as the grave?
It requires spiritual courage to admit to the fact that it is not God’s fault, but that we are to blame! We have turned our backs on God. What is worse: we prefer proclaiming God is dead, rather than humble ourselves before Him and start listening to Him again.
Apparently, Gideon did have that willingness to listen, for the Angel of the Lord could tell him, ‘Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand!’
God is still the same, and if we cannot live with a ‘dead’ God anymore, the God of Gideon will be able to give us our true assignments for life again.