Words of Comfort
God is always good and He is always at work
Dr. Pat Findley
Apr 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.
Crisis circumstances are times for us to be extra attentive to anything God wants to teach us. The story of Gideon in Judges 6-8 is one of my favorite stories in the Bible.
Judges 6 tells us Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. As a result, God handed them over to the Midianites, a nomadic group who’d wait until Israel’s crops were ready to harvest, then swoop in and steal everything.
After seven years of crisis, God’s people cried out to Him for help. It’s always been interesting to me how God responded to His people’s plea. They needed a warrior-judge, but God first sent them a prophet-preacher. The prophet reminded them of God’s grace and power in rescuing the Israelites out of Egypt under Moses. He rebuked them for their ongoing idolatry.
Why did God send a prophet to the people before raising up Gideon to lead them? Because God wanted them to have something better than relief. He wanted them to repent of their sin and come back into a right relationship with Him. They wanted to escape from their crisis circumstances. God wanted them to righty understand their circumstances that they might center their lives on Him once again.
Some are saying our current coronavirus crisis is some kind of punishment from God as it was for the Israelites in Judges 6. Others surmise it may be more akin to a natural disaster and simply a reminder we live in a sin-broken creation. I’ll be the first to say that knowing all of God’s purposes in this crisis is beyond my pay grade.
But here’s what we do know: God is always good and He is always at work. He wants to work in this to draw sinners to Himself in a saving way. He wants to work in this to draw His people into a deeper relationship with Himself. Crisis circumstances are times for us to be extra attentive to anything God wants to teach us.
Dr. Pat Findley is lead pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church in Kingsport.