And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? Judges 6:13
When things get tough, sometimes we think God may not be with us or that He has forsaken us. We must remember though, that God promises, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). In today’s verse of Scripture, Gideon was convinced that God had forsaken Israel because of the attack of the Midianites. Nonetheless, God had made a covenant with Abraham that stated, “I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee” (Genesis 17:7). God always honors His Word (Matthew 24:35). Even though Gideon may have felt like God was not present, He was present because of the covenant He made concerning Israel with Abraham. Also, even though at times we may feel like God is not present, He is present because of what His Son Jesus Christ did on our behalf. Hebrews 8:6 states that Jesus “is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” God placed our sin upon His Son Jesus and forsook Him on the cross so that we would never have to be forsaken (Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34). God is always with you even when things look bad and it doesn’t feel like it.