Upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives and as we grow as Christians, we become aware of the many names of God. Today, we will focus on the name: “Jehovah Immeka”
Knowing Jehovah Immeka: The Lord is with You
In the story of Gideon being called to lead the Israelites to defeat the Midianites, we are able to see Gideon’s struggle of Faith but God’s ability to remain Faithful. The Israelites were oppressed by the Midianites due to their lack of obedience to God. God handed them over to the Midianites for 7 years because of this. During that time, the Israelites became poverty stricken because of Midian and cried out to the Lord, the hope of their salvation, to be saved. God sent help through an angel that appeared to Gideon. (Judges 6:12)
Despite the angel’s message to Gideon, he questioned God as to why himself and the Israelites were in the predicament that they were in. (Judges 6:13) He even doubted his God-given ability to lead the Israelites against the Midianites, stating, his family was poor and that he was the least from his father’s house. Just as with Moses and Joshua, the Lord assured Gideon that He would be with him. God even spoke the promise of victory over the Midianites. Gideon still displayed doubt by asking God for a sign if he truly had found grace in the Lord’s sight. Gideon received his assurance that the Lord truly called him to complete this task; this caused a response of action and Gideon set forth to carry out God’s will.
There’s no question that Gideon displayed doubt in his situation through his responses and excuses to God. He did not identify himself as the angel of the Lord spoke of him as. (Judges 6:12) Instead he focused on his weaknesses, and deficiencies, causing him to doubt that he was capable. We know that doubt is a derivative of fear and the opposite of courage. God showed Himself to increase Gideon’s courage and faith, that he could perform in the role that God ordained Him to complete. Despite Gideon’s lack of faith, God was still faithful, patient and kind, allowing Gideon to remain as the chosen person for the job. God knew the true identity of Gideon and how He could use him.
Gideon had no issue with taking action to carry out his assignment from God, once he knew for sure that God indeed appointed him. He identified that he didn’t have what it took to be successful with the task until he got confirmation that God ordered him to do so and that He would be with him, Jehovah Immeka (The Lord is with You).
There are many lessons that can be taken away from Gideon’s story. God may place us in situations and call us to complete things that don’t seem like the right fit, or that are well above our comfort level and capabilities. We must stay encouraged, knowing that if God calls us to something, he will provide the way and that He will always equip us for what is to come. He is not a God of failure, and He won’t let anything that’s in His will go undone.
Trust and rely on God that we can do what he calls us to do because He is Jehovah Immeka: The Lord is with You. Through our faith and belief, we will see God’s glory revealed in and through us!