1. The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.
  2. When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior."
  3. "But sir," Gideon replied, "if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian."
  4. The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?"
  5. "But Lord , " Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family."

  1. The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."

Gideon was a timid man. He considered himself weak and worthless. Furthermore he did not believe the Lord. He is complaining to the Lord that He abandoned Israel and would not save them. But the Lord keeps talking to him to be strengthened and save Israel from Midianites. Gideon does not seem to be prepared to perform the Lord's commands.. But he was chosen by His grace. 
Why did he complain? Gideon had been expecting that the Lord would have begun to save them, but the salvation did not come even after the long time of waiting, and he was tired and disappointed. The Lord's grace often needs a long wait. (But the important thing is that anyway I need to "expect" Him. If I do not expect Him, then He does not work for me without my desire and expectation for Him.)
Gideon kept disagreeing with the Lord by saying what he did not have. But the Lord said only one thing he needed: He would be with him. What is the integrity of the faith and life? It means that in every time of my life I need to believe that He will be with me and help me, when I read a difficult paper, when I am concerned with a topic of the research, when I face a difficulty in a relationship, when I worry about bearing a child, etc....
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