You Make The Bed You Lie In
Posted: Thursday, April 26
Verse of the Day:
“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” (Judges 6:13)
My two year old daughter is figuring out why it’s important to obey mom and dad. For example, we’ll tell her she needs to sit on her bottom while at the dinner table. She of course wants to do things her way and sit on her knees, or stand, or jump, or any other pose besides sitting on her bottom. What undoubtedly happens is she either gets a scare and almost falls, or gets hurt. In those moments, it takes everything within me to not say, “See! I told you! Mom and dad aren’t just being mean, we’re trying to keep you safe kid!”
As we begin to read about Gideon, his first introduction in the Bible is verse 13 where he asks an angel why God has allowed all of the and things that are happening to happen. The Israelites have been subdued by the local Midianites who were very cruel captors. The Israelite people cried out to God to rescue them after seven years and God was going to use Gideon to do that. Gideon’s response to God’s messenger is so telling of the condition of the Israelites’ heart. “Why did you let this happen God?”
What we learn in verse 1 is that the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. Well there you go Gideon! THAT’S why! You were doing exactly what God told you not to do, so of course bad things are going to happen! Often when bad things are consuming our lives, it’s because we’ve done something to cause that. We can say, “God, what about all of the times I’ve heard about your miracles! Where are they now?” But we’ve made the choices that have lead to our poor health, drought finances, and failed relationships. So God, as our loving parent, has ever right to look at us and say, “See! I told you!” God is a God of mercy and miracles. He loves when the prodigal returns home. If you’re facing a mess in your life, know that God can make a triumph in your life as did for the Israelites and Gideon. It’s not that He’s ignoring you or getting a fun time out of watching you suffer. We make the bed we lie in! But God is a good God, even when we don’t deserve it, so humbly come to Him and watch Him do what only He can do!