God Sent a Prophet

Ever have a week when things are going just fine, but something is just off? Last week, outwardly I was overjoyed with life, with work, with accomplishing long held goals with my art students, but inwardly I was struggling.

I think as humans we expect the big things we will have to deal with in life that complicate things. We prepare as best we can, grin and bear it until the worst passes us by. Yet what has surprised me in recent years is the things that were formerly simple joys are now complicated with no quick fixes in sight.

At the end of a day of racking my brain about things out of my control, I began to pray about the situation. I poured my heart out, giving it to God and looked over to my left to see my Bible sitting there like a warm hug waiting for me. I opened where I left off and right there leaping off of the pages was a word for me that burned in my heart in a way that doesn’t happen every day.

There I was in Judges reading about Israel on the edge of starvation, stuck in a deep hole they’d dug with the consequences of their own sin.

When they cried out to the Lord because of Midian, the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites.” Judges 6:7 (Notice they cried out to God because of their discomfort, not because of repentance).

The Lord sent a prophet.

Judges 6:7

A prophet is a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God and in this case this unnamed person was sent by God as an answer to prayer to remind the Israelites of what He had done for them and His instructions to them from which they had turned away.

Matthew Henry tells us, “They cried to God for a deliverer, and God sent them a prophet to instruct them, and to make them ready for deliverance...The sending of prophets to a people, and the furnishing of a land with faithful ministers, is a token for good, and an evidence that God has mercy in store for them. He thus turns us to him, and then causes his face to shine, Ps. 80:19.”

The prophet came first to make them ready for the rescue.

Then after the word is proclaimed throughout Israel, The Angel of the Lord calls the unqualified deliverer, Gideon, who is just a simple man at work trying to hide and preserve food for the starving community.

From the Enduring Word Commentary:

Go in this might of yours: Gideon indeed had might, but not as we might normally think.

· Gideon had the might of the humble, threshing wheat on the winepress floor.

· Gideon had the might of the caring because he cared about the low place of Israel.

Do you also care for the low place of the consequence of sin that America is in right now?

· Gideon had the might of knowledge, because he knew God did great things in the past.

Do you regularly recall the great things God has done in the past and in your own life?

· Gideon had the might of the spiritually hungry because he wanted to see God do great works again.

Do you want to see God do something great in your generation?

· Gideon had the might of the teachable because he listened to what the Angel of the LORD said.

Are you obedient to what God tells you to do?

· Gideon had the might of the weak, and God’s strength is perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Do you feel ill equipped but know God is faithful to equip you for what He’s called you to do?

The Enduring Word Commentary continues, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel: Gideon had might to go forth in, but he could not see himself as someone who could do great things for God. He thought of himself as insignificant, from the smallest clan in his tribe, and that he was the least in his own family.”

Are you from a less than perfect person in a shrinking family in the middle of nowhere? Could God use a small, weak you in your corner of the world to change the trajectory of America or even the world for His glory?

“At the same time, Gideon was correct: he could not save Israel. But a great God could use a small and weak Gideon to rescue Israel.

Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man: God’s assurance to Gideon was not to build up his self confidence, but to assure him that God was indeed with him.”

Gideon did not need more self-confidence, he needed more God-confidence.

Enduring Word Commentary

“It is important to know that God has sent us but it is even greater to know that He is with us. This was the same assurance God gave to Moses (Exodus 3:12) and that Jesus gave all believers (Matthew 28:20).”

Finishing Thoughts

When I think on all of this and then think back to my own prayer last week, I am reminded that the root of all our problems in America is a turning away from God’s word and prayer and towards man’s ideas and striving to do things our own way.

I love that this story reminds us that God is showing His mercy in America by keeping a remnant of people who are proclaiming the truth of His word from pulpits and town squares all over this land. (Side note: Don’t let anyone convince you that sharing scripture online is in vain “because it will never change anyone’s mind.” Look at all of the messaging that is sent out everyday trying to change your mind on every issue under the sun, words work and we know “God’s word is living and active.” Hebrews 4:12)

He hasn’t given up on us, yet.

When I think about my daily ministry I’m reminded that I am small, with a small online presence, from a dwindling family, from a small town, with a small family, teaching at a small school, but God willing, He will produce a big in impact in the lives I touch as I walk in obedience to Him for His kingdom and His glory. And He’ll do the same for you.

Don’t we want to see a change in America? Don’t we want to see a Great Awakening Revival in our day?

Emily Cook

As Christians we have a responsibility in our community to shine the light on the truth and chase away the darkness that is pressing in from the world’s skewed view.

We are but Christ’s servants and He is the Savior. We are steadfast to proclaim His Word and trust He’ll do the heart work. Like Gideon our job is just to trust Him. Revival will come.