PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Judges 5-6
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:13)
This is a universal question, wondered by believer and unbeliever alike.
God is not the cause of “all this”, nor is He absent when we need Him most.
These stories show that “all this” happens when people do follow God.
They also show that God keeps stepping in to help, when asked (vv.7-8).
All suffering and brokenness in our world comes from human folly and failure.
I don’t mean that every time I suffer, it is because I did not something wrong.
But I belong to sinful humanity, and I suffer with the rest of the world.
I contribute to “all this”, even if I do not always cause each specific hardship.
God allows us to experience the result of wandering from Him… and it isn’t pretty.
The Lord is with us in our suffering; this is what Jesus and the cross show us.
But to really help us He needs to rescue us from our folly and failure.
God chooses weak leaders to make His point; our hope is in Him, not in ourselves.
In this pandemic time, am I relying more on the Lord and choosing to follow Him?
Or am I going my own way and experiencing the consequences?
Lord, if we can’t sense You near, is it because You’ve left us or because we’ve left You?