Remember that Gideon fellow and the fleece? (Judges 6:12) When we first meet him, he is sitting under an oak tree where there is a wine press and a rock when an angel of the Lord visits him and declares: The Lord is with you, you mighty man of courage.
What a joke! Gideon was petrified! He responds with: If? Why? Where? Didn’t?
But God saw Gideon differently than Gideon saw himself. When the Lord declares it so, it is so!
How does God see me? What name has He given me that I cannot see or agree with? (Beautiful? Precious? Loved? Pure? Forgiven? Gifted? Full of worth?)
Gideon protests: But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hands of Midian.
It’s true that God had given the Israelites into the hands of the Midianites, but Gideon’s doubts and questions led him to a false conclusion. It FELT like God had forsaken them, but the truth was God had not forsaken Israel. He was disciplining them for the purpose of training and turning their hearts toward Him.
When we feel emotions that are not fruits of the Spirit, we are prone to believe lies.
Show me, Lord, how You see me, and give me courage to believe You with the eyes of faith. I want to cooperate with the Spirit of the Living God. Reveal to me, Lord, where my faith is weak and my doubts are strong. I want to be a mighty warrior for your kingdom.
If you believe that you truly have a “sonship” with God the Father, then accepting discipline in the right spirit, not with defiance, self pity or even resentment is the first step of realizing you are in the hands of God. Can there be any better place?