In the middle of your problem, God has a solution.

Judges 6:11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites.
Solutions don't look like what we expect.  Noah was a shipbuilder?  Moses was a world-class leader?  Joseph was a Prime Minister?  This list goes on.  When we allow our life and culture to shape our perception of past, present, and future we often miss what God is doing.  His answers will come in packages we would neither expect or even embrace.  A significant key to your faith is to look where no one else is looking.  

God goes to the solution before He brings deliverance.  Sure God could have called fire down from heaven and destroyed the Midianite army.  That would have made things a lot easier for everyone.  But the point of deliverance wasn't to deliver Israel from the Midianite.  It was to deliver Isreal from their idolatry.  Your problem may not be THE problem, therefore, but His solution will be what you need right now.  

Gideon was in a wine press sifting wheat.  He was afraid that the Midianites would come and steal what he had. Again, Gideon would not be our first, second, their or fiftieth choice to deliver Israel.  But this story only goes to show you what God can do with our lives.  

In the middle of this winepress, a hole in the ground, we find our hero shifting wheat, not very well, shaking in his sandals, not very courageous, hoping to avoid the Midianites for another day.  

God will approach you places where you least expect it.  When you are at your worst.  When you are most afraid.  When you are hiding from your enemies.  God will come and speak to you.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I've got a problem.  Am I the solution?  AMEN

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