Song of the Week
Song: In Your Love by United Pursuit
Welcome to the last part of my Judges 7 Bible series. Today’s part will be about emotional crisis management.
What Do You Pray about When You’re at a Loss?
When I mean emotional crisis, I don’t mean when you want to get that promotion and you kind of have a plan but you also kind of don’t. So, you just kind of pray “Jesus, your will be done” (I’m not trying to nullify your anxieties).
I mean when there are so many things falling apart left, right, and center. People are leaving. Pets are dying. Your health is declining. You’re getting retrenched. Your children are sick. There’s this weird lump growing under your left knee. You’re 3 months behind your rent. They took your car. Your loans are piling up. They…
You feel the weight of the world crashing down on your shoulders. Oh, how tiny they feel right now. They’ve never felt so small and fragile.
Neither have you.
Maybe it didn’t take 10 consecutive crises to sweep you off your feet. Maybe it only took 1.
10 or 1, your emotions are valid. You’re entitled to feel how you feel.
It doesn’t matter how I define an emotional crisis. So long as yoy feel that you’re at your lowest, you’re in an emotional crisis.
Not to worry, though. In the midst of any crisis, God will provide.
Of course, it is a hundred billion times easier to say God will provide than to believe it wholeheartedly when you’re in the middle of a crisis.
In Judges 7, Gideon was in the middle of fulfilling God’s plan of delivering Israel from the Midianites.
I’m sure Gideon was afraid. Because if he weren’t, he wouldn’t have brought 32,000 men with him.
Imagine you were insecure about talking to someone at school and you got 32,000 of your closest friends to be your wingman. Insane isn’t it!
You could argue that trying to impress someone is not a fitting analogy for defeating an army. On top of that, Gideon’s army was still outnumbered by the Midianites’ army. They were outnumbered by 4 to 1. So that means the Midianites’ army was approximately 135,000 men strong.
So, when God told Gideon to reduce his army, it was only human to fear. If it was me, I would too!
The doubt that Gideon must have felt must have been overwhelming.
Are You sure, God?
Is this really how You want me to do it?
Is this really how You want me to die?
Are You just doing this so we’re cutting our losses?
Will You uphold Your promise for me and Israel?
There had to be something that God knew about the fight. Maybe it was that if Gideon had tried to fight with their brawn, they would have lost. Maybe, God knew the only way for them to win was not by outsmarting them, but through faith.
Gideon had to have known something. He had to have known about God’s good grace, about God’s omnibenevolent nature, about God’s all-knowing mind. Gideon had to have knowledge that God was going to be faithful.
He knew about how about God’s goodness!
He knew it deep within his soul, his entire being.Tweet
But just because he had faith, doesn’t mean he wasn’t scared.
He had courage, but he felt afraid.
Are You at Your Wits’ End?
The process of God reducing the size of the army was very fitting with Gideon’s Hebrew name: Jerub-Baal. “Jerub” means “to grapple” or “to wrangle”. “Baal” was the false God that Israel kept running. Therefore, “Jerub-Baal” roughly means “to contend with Baal”. Thus, it was given to Gideon because he was the one who threw down all the Baal statues in the high places in Israel.
But in this context, God was trying to make Gideon tear down the idol in his heart: Men.
Gideon depended on his people on bringing down his enemies. But, God wanted Gideon to depend on Him.
If I were Gideon, I would be trying to strategize with the military leaders in camp:
Before the first cut:
"Okay, so there would be 10,000 men here; 10,00 men there; another 12,000 there."
After the first cut:
"Okay crew, so we only have 10,000 men left. The plan is that 3,000 go here; 2,000 go there; 2,000 stays here; 1,000 runs there."
After the second cut:
"Well… Uhm… What if we-… No…. How about we-… Never mind… O, what if we…"
I think it’s fitting to say Gideon was experiencing an emotional crisis at this point. He was at his wits’ end. He was probably utterly dumbfounded.
He was lost.
I’m sure he didn’t even see a way.
Are you at where Gideon was at?
Are you at a point in your life where you just can’t see a way?
Have you tried everything? You tried to meditate. You tried yoga. You tried meeting new people or finding a new job. Some of you even tried moving to a whole new city, but now realizing the problem isn’t the people around you, it’s within you.
From scripture, it doesn’t say “Gideon prayed that every man had the strength to kill at least 500 men each so they stood a chance at winning.”
It didn’t say what Gideon prayed for specifically at all!
From Judges 7:9-12, all it said was:
9 It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. 10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, 11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward [b]your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp. 12 Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were [c]without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.
– Judges 7:9-12
God revealed his plans when Gideon was there to hear God!
Gideon was available to receive God’s words of deliverance.
Gideon heard God because he abode in God.
For all who are in crisis, abide in God and He will deliver you.
Call to Action
Abide in God.
Saturate yourself in the words of the Lord.
Worship God in your own special way. Be it through prayer or music or dance or whatever it is, posture your heart towards God.
It’s hard to think of anything else other than the thing that hurt you in your time of emotional crisis. But, trust me, when you turn your heart towards heaven and you connect with God, you will never be the same.
Turn your worry into a prayer.
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