“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.”
Psalms 33:18-19 NKJV
When I read this verse, I was reminded of this mighty man of valor from the book of judges. Gideon, a man who feared God and God found him in that generation to be used in His hands as a judge for Israelites.
How do we know God found Gideon as a man who seek Him?
- In Judges 6:12 we see the Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor”!
- In Judges 6:13 Gideon remembers God’s promises and the ways He led them out of Egypt. And he understood now the misery of Israelites is because God has forsaken them and delivered them into the hands of Midianites.
- He brought out the offering and set it before the Lord. (Judges 6:16-20)
- Gideon built an altar to God Almighty and called it Jehovah Shalom [The-Lord-is-Peace]- (Judges 6:24)
- Gideon made an altar to the Almighty God in PROPER ARRANGEMENT after destroying the altar of Baal that his father had. (Judges 6:26).
Even in the days when the entire people of the land did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord, Gideon had a heart that was desiring for God’s presence and waiting upon God’s mercy.
So when the Angel appeared to him and told him that the Lord is with him,
Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
Judges 6:13 NKJV
Hearing this response,
And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?” Judges 6:14 KJV
Gideon understood why his people are suffering. He understood that if God is with them, this will not be the situation. So from that point on we can see Gideon holding on to the presence of God and the truth that was revealed to Him and doing everything God is asking him to do without any hesitation.
Gideon brought offerings to The Lord. He built an altar to God Almighty and destroyed the altar of Baal, his father had and cut down the wooden image of Baal. He obeyed God in everything He asked Him to do. Even in choosing the army to fight against the Midianites, Gideon obeyed God. He everything God asked him to do, even when it didn’t make any sense to him. It says the army against Gideon and his 300 men were as numerous as locusts, their camels were without number and the multitude is as the sand by the seashore. ( Judges 7:12). Against such a great army God gave this 300 men army victory with just trumpets, torches and pitchers!!
If God is on your side;
If God is with you, it doesn’t matter if you are less in number or what weapons and strategies you have, but it only matters that He is on your side!!. Just trust Him and obey Him!. Then just a breath through that trumpet in your hand is enough to confuse the enemy camp. The breaking sound of the pitchers and your shouting is enough for you to win the battle.
This is what happened when Joshua and Israelites went against Jericho. They just obeyed God and walked around the wall. And when God asked them to shout they shouted and walls came down.
When we have the assurance that God’s presence is with us, we are not worried by the size and power of the enemy. Instead our heart rejoices in the Almighty God and we are trusting in His Holy name!!! we will raise our voice and shout victory in Jesus name. People around us may not understand that. But we cannot keep quiet. So over every doubt, unbelief, fear, discouragement, weariness, shame and voices of the enemy we will raise praises to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!. For we know that the battle belongs to the Lord and He is forever victorious!! Psalms 33:16-21 says,
“No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.”
Psalms 33:16-22 NKJV
God’s eyes are expectantly searching;
We read in 2 Chronicles 16:9 that,
“the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth , searching for those people whose heart is loyal to him”.
“Because He wants to show Himself strong on their behalf”.
God Almighty is always searching for those people
- Who seeks Him (Psalms 14:2)
- Who are faithful to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9)
- Who fears Him (Psalms 33:18)
- Who are waiting upon His mercy ( Psalms 33:18)
- Who will worship Him in Truth and Spirit (John 4:23)
- Who can stand in the gap and pray (Ezekiel 22:23-31)
- Who are willing to serve Him in obedience(Deuteronomy 11:13)
- Who will love Him wholeheartedly (Matthew 22:37)
We see how God looked down from heaven and saw Noah as a righteous man in his generation, so he and his family found favor in the eyes of God and God delivered them from the great flood that destroyed everything on the earth. (Genesis 6-9).
Another example from God’s word is Job. A man who was blameless and upright in the eyes of God. He feared God and shunned evil. This was God’s testimony about Him. And as we read the book of Job we can see that God showed Himself Strong on Job’s behalf.
Throughout the book of Judges and Kings and prophets we can see again and again how God’s heart is in constant search for those people who are loyal to Him. And how He used them all greatly for His glory!.
In new testament we read about Mary, mother of Jesus who found favor in God’s eyes. Then we see disciples of Jesus, Paul the apostle and many more who remained loyal to the calling God had upon them even in the midst of persecution and suffering and God used them all so mightily as instruments in His hands. He showed Himself strong on their behalf. With God on their side, they stepped out of their comfort zones, declared the good news of gospel everywhere they went, signs wonders and miracles followed which established the word of the God they preached. And Holy Spirit did His work in the hearts of the people who heard the gospel and the church grew as disciples increased in number.
God’s love for us
“The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.” Psalms 14:2-3 NKJV
Looking down from heaven seeing our miserable hopeless situation God sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. He loved us so much, not to leave us in that miserable condition. By giving Himself away for us He made a way where there was no way!!. Christ died for us and gave His last drop of blood for our redemption. How can we ever repay Him?! All He is looking for, is our loyal hearts, that seek Him and glorify Him and love Him. Let us ask ourselves this question today,
“Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?”
– Leonard Ravenhill.
Be faithful to your calling and serve Him wholeheartedly.
In every situation, whether it is pandemic or famine, when you are uncertain of what happens next, the children of God will have peace, provision and hope. Because we know our future is secure in God’s hands. Our future is God’s past. He knows what happens next. And we as His children, we are not seeking the things on this earth but things above. Our hope is in Jesus, who soon is coming and will take us with Him to a place where there is no more sorrow no more pain. Apostle Paul says if we don’t have that hope we are of all men the most pitiable. (1 Corinthians 15:19).
While we wait upon the glorious coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the days we have left on this earth let us remain faithful to God Almighty. Let us do His work while it is day, because a night is coming where no one can work (John 9:4). Let us continue to seek him, fear him, hope in His mercy and He will keep us alive in the famine and deliver our souls from death and destruction.