During this time, Israel was under the control of Midian. In fact, in verse 6 of this chapter, we read “So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites…” Gideon was looking around and wondering, where is the Lord? I have heard so many great things about Him and how He is always with us but now we’re in a bad situation. Gideon was no doubt faithful. The Lord approached him and told him in verse 12 “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
I can totally relate to Gideon’s response here. However, the Lord has promised to never leave me nor forsake me. If I decide to walk away and trouble comes my way, I know that it is not the Lord that moved but me. Israel had walked away from God’s protection and leading, but He was still pursuing them to bring them back to repentance.