Can misery lead to meaningful change? An excerpt on Gideon from Little Strength, Big God answers this question. Don’t miss the link to a podcast with Tina Yeager. I’m grateful to Tina for discussing Little Strength, Big God with me on her Flourish-meant podcast. Tina is a dear sister from the Advanced Writer and Speaker Association and a fabulous podcast host. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her.
Why Am I Depressed?
Gloom choked the air like diesel exhaust at a bus stop. I plopped on the side of my bed and asked myself why. Two healthy preschoolers, a loving husband, a comfortable home, and a fruitful ministry should have added up to a satisfying life. Why, with so much good in my life, did I feel down?
Immediately, I sensed the answer.
You don’t think I love you.
Dumbfounded, I knew it was true. According to my plans, I should have been finishing my master’s degree in Biblical Studies. Instead, because of short finances, while our ministry team scattered for summer mission projects, we canceled our plans and stayed home.
Ironically, when the Holy Spirit uncovered my wrong belief, I felt relief. I knew God loved me. My spirit lifted despite my disappointing circumstances.
The Midianites descended from Abraham and Keturah (Gen. 25:1–2). At harvest time, they swooped into Israel like swarms of locusts to ravage Israel’s crops.
But Midian wasn’t the primary source of Israel’s misery. The root of their suffering lay in Israel’s idolatry, not their horrible circumstances. Gideon was wrong; God hadn’t abandoned Israel. Israel had forsaken God.
While the Hebrews blamed others, they remained victims. But if Israel took responsibility for her actions and realigned herself with God, everything else would change too.
Knowing God is with us—even when we’re suffering from our own making—strengthens us to face our fears, errors, and disappointments. Before we can change what’s happening on the outside, we sometimes need God’s transformation on the inside.
Today’s Strength Builder: Have you felt forgotten by God? Ask him to show you the root of your problem. Could it be you’ve pinned your hope—or blame—in the wrong place?
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Little Strength, Big God podcast interview with Tina Yeager.