ST LUKE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
MID- WEEK PRAYER MEETING
DATE: JUNE 10, 2020
TOPIC: THE LORD IS WITH YOU
TEXT: JUDGES 6:12
BY REV CANON SD KABRUK
I welcome you to today’s Mid-week meditation and prayers. I pray that as you allow God’s word via this medium into heart; it will impact and change your life for good in the blessed name of Jesus.
“When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.” (Judg 6:12-13)
The book of Judges depicts a vicious circle in the life of Israel as a people. Israel recurrently turned away from the Lord in disobedience and God in each occasion, withdrew his protection from them, thereby making them vulnerable to their enemies who in turn subjugated and maltreated them. Whenever this happened, Israel would lament and cry unto God for help and God in His mercy would send a deliverer to rescue them and a period of rest will follow. But unfortunately, soon after rest had begun, they would return into sin and the vicious circle continues. This circle went on and on throughout the book of Judges. Gideon, the main character in our text was one of the human ‘deliverers’ God used to rescue Israel in one of the occasions from their enemies- the Midianites.
The book of Judges helps us to know that no matter how bad the situation may be, God would never abandon his own. He is far too loving and merciful to do that. God is love, hence he has no propensity to hate. The way he loves the saint that lives righteously, that is how he loves the sinner that lives in sin. But before it sounds like I am encouraging sin, let me quickly mention here, that God hates sin, but only loves the sinner. His desire always is that the sinner repents and be saved. Therefore, to fully enjoy his love and presence, one must resolve to refrain from the things he hates and embrace the things he loves. The general name for all the things that God hates is SIN. And some said sin means Satan’s Identification Number. Therefore, every child of God must work very hard to avoid sin.
From our text, we could see that God was with Gideon, but Gideon failed to recognize it. As far as Gideon was concerned, he had learned to take his destiny in his own hands. He could not decipher the saying by the Angel that God was with him viv- a viz what he and his people were going through. It was something he found very hard to chew, talk less of swallow. He had heard wonderful things about God through the mouth of his ancestors, the mighty works God performed in Egypt and how He brought Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land. But as far as Gideon was concerned, those were stories; they did not add up since they could not explain why the same God had left them to suffer in the hands of their enemies.
One of the first things that challenges do to us is they blind our eyes from seeing God. Many options of ‘way out’ of them which are ungodly may be presented to us, but hardly do we remember God. This is the bane of our sufferings in many instances today. Challenges also make us feel as if God is absent or far from us, when in reality he is near us. As a matter of fact, even nearer than at other times. The Bible says his grace is sufficient for us, “For my power is made perfect in weakness”. (2Cor 12:9)
I don’t know what you are going through and do not have to know. Your situation may be similar to that of Gideon, who in his thinking felt his circumstances did not show that God was with him. It is possible the story of your life is everything except that which is sweet or pleasant. It is also possible you are beginning to doubt God’s presence with you. I resist that devil for he will always be a liar!
In the midst of your gloomy situation, I want you to know that God is with you. The story of Hagar the slave girl, who was sent away with her baby from Abraham’s house, is a very good example of God’s presence and timely intervention. Stranded in the wilderness, she ran out of supply of food and water; the situation was completely hopeless. Not knowing what to do, she dropped her son and moved away from him in order not to see him die. As she sat there sobbing in that seemingly hopeless and desperate situation, the Bible says “Then God opened her eyes to see a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy” (Gen 21:19). What a merciful God we serve!
My brothers and sisters, God is on top of your situation. Don’t give up on him! I call on you to look beyond the failures of government and all the negative indicators of the economy. Look beyond the pandemic ravaging the world and all its negative effects. Look beyond your disappointments and fix your gaze on God. Remember his promise that nothing can separate you from His love in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:35-39)
Finally, what do I need to do to enjoy God’s abiding presence in my life? Stay away from sin; draw near to God and acknowledge his presence always. Also, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you in such a manner that there will be no room for the flesh and be willing to obey his leading in your life always.
I pray for you today, that He that enabled Gideon to recognize that the Lord was with him and to realize the’ mighty man of valor’ that he was will reach out to you right where you are in your little corner! He that opened Hagar’s eyes to the well in the wilderness and delivered her and her son from dying will open your eyes to discover the well from where your life will be refreshed. He opened her eyes in the desert, a place of scarcity and dryness; I pray for you today, that God will open your eyes and grant you access to plenty in the midst of lack and want in Jesus name! He will open your eyes to the solution to difficult problems and life threatening challenges in Jesus name!
*Acknowledge God’s presence in your life and thank him for all He has done for you
*Ask him to forgive you of any possible disregard of his presence in your life
*Pray God to help you acknowledge His presence in your life always
*Lord, help me to see you and not the circumstances around me
*Ask God to open your eyes to behold your well of refreshing for your life
*Present other intentions of your heart to God and trust and believe him as you do so.
*Prayer the grace to conclude your prayers.
God bless you! Shalom.