And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, “Arise, get thee down into the camp; for I have delivered it into thy hand. But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Purah thy servant down to the camp: and thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thy hands be strengthened to go down into the camp” (Judges 7:9-11a).
If we consider the story of Gideon as described in Judges 6-8, we are struck by Gideon’s constant testing of God. What is he trying to accomplish?
Is he timid? He was willing to tear down the Baal and Asherah of his father’s people, and went within earshot of the enemy camp at God’s instruction. He certainly is bold when he wants to be!
So what does Gideon seek? The answer is not specifically revealed, but it seems to be that he seeks reassurance of God’s presence. Gideon has enough faith to trust in God; he just wants to make sure that God is still with him in his endeavors.
What about us? Do we seek God’s reassurance that He is with us in our endeavors? Do we want to make sure that what we are striving to do is, in fact, what God desires us to do?
We are to be people who walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Let us find reassurance in the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ, and in the confidence of His Word (cf. Hebrews 12:2)!
Ethan R. Longhenry