Victory Even After DoubtingThere are times in life, we come to a situation where there is a real battle ahead of us. Have you been there, not quite knowing what to do? What about if God said to you directly, “Go ahead, the victory is yours, I give it to you, I have your back?” Have you ever been there, how did you feel, what did you do?
One of the Biblical heroes was in that position. God spoke to Gideon, told Gideon that He had given victory over the Midianites, and then added another statement. God then said, but if you are afraid, go near the camp and listen. According to the Scripture, Gideon must have had fear because he went down near their camp.
That same night the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand. But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant. And you shall hear what they say, and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outposts of the armed men who were in the camp.
This is also the same Gideon, who just prior to this instance asked God for a fleece, not once but twice, that God would give the Israelites victory over their enemies, with Gideon leading.
Now this was Gideon, one of the Heroes of Faith listed in Hebrews chapter 11.
And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
So, if we come to a “humanly impossible” situation in life, we can be thankful we have an All Powerful God who is on our side, a God who Knows All Things, and is in Control Of All Things.
I believe this truthful episode shared in Scripture, of Gideon, is there to encourage us. Even though we are followers of Jesus Christ, Christians because of His Death and Resurrection, Redeemed and Forgiven by His shed blood when we ask, have the Spirit of God living within us, we still can have various human weaknesses. Gideon had this weakness where he had a doubt that God would really work through him to give the victory. Obviously, God did not tire of Gideon when Gideon showed his doubts. God gave Gideon more confirmations that what God said was true.
If you have had a battle, and called to God, received direction, doubted, and called to God again, and God reaffirmed what He had said, do not punish yourself, get down on yourself, or doubt yourself as really serving God. God loves you, continues to strengthen you. Jesus Christ continues to walk with you, and encourage you. Holy Spirit is within you, drawing and directing you to Jesus.
The enemy of our souls is who will attempt to place doubt in your mind and discourage you. He is he one who will lie to you about your relationship with Jesus.
We, as Christians, can all claim Victory in the Powerful Name of Jesus Christ. We have the Protection of His Shed Blood. We have the Empowering and Strengthening of His Spirit.
Walk in Victory, giving Praise, Honour, Glory to Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords, our Redeemer, Sanctifier, Saviour, Baptizer, soon to be returning MAJESTIC KING.