Monday, February 17, 2014

You Cannot Hide From God

(Some content adapted from Gideon by Priscilla Shirer)
Now it came about when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD on account of Midian, that the LORD sent a prophet to the sons of Israel, and he said to them, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'It was I who brought you up from Egypt and brought you out from the house of slavery. 'I delivered you from the hands of the Egyptians and from the hands of all your oppressors, and dispossessed them before you and gave you their land, and I said to you, "I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But you have not obeyed Me."' Judges 6:7-10

The last four weeks I have been involved in a Bible study about a man in the Old Testament named Gideon.  I must admit that when I found out that our new Bible study that we were to begin in January was going to be about Gideon, I was less than enthused.  It sounded horribly boring.  After all, who wants to know about Gideon?  I wanted something RELEVANT, something that was going to be helpful to me, something I could APPLY to my life and my current situation.  I didn’t want to know about Gideon!  Well, God obviously wanted me to know about Gideon.  As far as it being helpful and applicable to my life at this time, nothing could have been more on point.

A Little Background Information…
The Israelites were in a bad place.  They had done evil in the eyes of the Lord.  They had turned their backs on God over and over again and now they were worshipping pagan gods and suffering painful consequences as a result.  For seven years, God has allowed them to be harassed by their enemies.  These include the Midianites, the Amalekites, and the people of the east.  Every time Israel plants a crop, these enemies come in and plunder and destroy it.  The enemy has camels which carry heavy loads and run fast.  They are so powerful that the poor Israelites don’t stand a chance.  So the people are reduced to abject poverty.  They hide in caves; they cower when the Midianite hordes descend upon them and finally cry to God for help in desperation.  They were scared, terrified.  This, then, is the existing situation when Gideon enters the account.

I don’t know about you, but I have been known to cower and hide in the face of the enemy on more than one occasion.  When we first see Gideon, he is hiding in a wine press, hoping the Midianites won’t find him and steal his crop.  Most of the crops have been plundered and destroyed, but what he has somehow managed to save must now be winnowed.  So Gideon is threshing wheat in a wine press, trying to get enough grain for flour for food.  He’s doing his job in the worst possible way.  To winnow wheat you need to be out in the open air where the wind can blow the chaff away as the grain is tossed upward, leaving the good grain.  But he’s scared to be seen out in the open - so he’s doing the best job he can, in hiding.

You Cannot Hide From God
Gideon thought he was hiding.  Maybe the Midianites could not find him there, but God did.  We will hear the story tomorrow of what happened when the Angel of the Lord met Gideon there.  It is a wonderful story of how there is absolutely nowhere you can go to hide from God.  You may hide from the world, but God, and most importantly the love of God, can find you anywhere.  There is no place on earth that you are out of His reach.  I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel a whole lot better. 

Scripture to Claim:

Behold, the LORD'S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. Isaiah 59:1 

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