When God does not make sense!

based on Judges 6 and 7

When God does not make sense. When He commands you to do things that do not align with your logic. He tells you to walk when you want to run. He tells you to sit when you want to stand. Or when He tells you to go when you feel like staying.What if he tells you to reduce when you want to add? I don’t know if you’ve been in such a situation.

I know someone who has. In the book of Judges, we find the Israelites delivered into the hands of the Midianites because of their iniquities.

Their numbers were so vast that the Bible described them as ‘…without number’. (Judges 6:6) They destroyed their cattle and crops and left them nothing. The Israelites had to go into hiding in caves and mountains.

Overwhelmed by the prevailing circumstances, the Israelites call upon God. God, in His boundless mercy, patience, and overflowing goodness (Exodus 34:6), intervenes to help us.

Meet Gideon

We are introduced to Gideon, son of Joash, of the tribe of Manasseh. God appoints Gideon, the least in his father’s house, calling him a man of valor, to smite the Midianites.

Too many soldiers!!

As they were preparing for war, God made this profound statement

And the LORD said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’

Judges 7:2

God said that there were too many! Too many? But numbers were good for war? God said no to numbers because he knew they would give themselves all after winning.

God goes ahead and commands Gideon to proclaim that whoever is fearful and afraid should depart from Mount Gilead (Judges 7:3). Twenty-two thousand men departed. The ones that remained were ten thousand.

Furthermore, Gideon is instructed to test the remaining men. Only three hundred men remained. Then God says,

By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand…

Judges 7:7

From thirty-two thousand men to three hundred men! That’s just 1% of the army. Are you kidding me? But why? This was so that the Israelites would acknowledge who saved them. God knew them. He saw the pride and unbelief existing in their hearts.

When you feel like God does not make sense, do the following:

Trust and obey

Trusting God can be hard sometimes. But Gideon did. Imagine being Gideon, going to war with only three hundred men against a countless number of soldiers.

When things don’t make sense, God teaches us to believe and trust him. It is God telling us to walk by faith and not by sight.(2corithians 5;7)

We stand only when we trust and walk in obedience to God’s commandments.

Do not fear

My sister, when things do not add up, fear not, for God is on your side.

It is important to note that just because God is on your side doesn’t mean you won’t have to go to war with your insufficiency. Gideon went to war with only 300 men.

It means you will go to war, but not alone. We will face the enemy with our weakness united with God’s strength, our ignorance with His wisdom, and our unworthiness with His merit, and we shall be victorious.

Surrender

When it does not make sense, surrender. Only when we surrender will we see him do abundantly more than we think or imagine.

Surrendering is telling God I’m letting go of the wheel of this situation and giving it to you, for I know you know best.

Gideon surrendered and saw the salvation of the Lord.

What is that that you are going through, my friend? Surrender it to your Father in Heaven; He will take care of it.

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Remember that less is more

Gideon thought he needed more than 32,000 men to win; God thought he needed far less.

We often believe we require additional connections, strength, or abilities to conquer the impossible, but in reality, all we need is God.
It’s only when we have less that we truly recognize that it was God who made it happen. So that when someone asks you how you did it, you will say, “Ni God, manze, which means it’s only God in local Swahili.

Only by achieving with less will we transform our testimony from “I did it this way and that” to “God did it for me.”

The essence

When God does not make sense, it is important to remember how He dealt with the Israelites during the reign of Gideon. When things do not make sense, trust and continue in God’s way for you. Fear not and surrender, for He has things under control, and lastly, remember that less is more when God is in it.

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