Judges 6:13 – Gideon said to Him, “Oh my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all of this happened to us? And where are all the miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us into the hand of the Midianites. 14) Then the Lord turned to him and said, “God in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
Gideon immediately questions the Lord’s declaration (see prior verses for declaration). He is confused by the Lord’s declaration, because he is looking at his circumstances. He believes that the presence of trouble means that the Lord is not with Him. He believes God has abandoned him to his enemies. He asks “Why?” and “Where?” Why is this happening? And where is God who I’ve heard such great things about? God almost completely ignores Gideon’s questions, because they are irrelevant to the conversation. God has already declared that He is with Gideon? That’s “where” God is, And is it not the Lord Himself who is speaking to Gideon? The Lord is with you. The Lord has made a declaration which He will not renege on. Where are the miracles is an irrelevant question, because this is the very reason the Lord has come. The why question is irrelevant as well, because God already spoke through His law and prophets why they were in this situation (unbelief and disobedience). Further, the Lord was there to deliver them. So the “why” question no longer needed an answer.
Many times we languish in the “why?” and “where?” when God is here now and has declared today to be the day of salvation. The why and where seeks only the root of the problem while God Himself is the answer. Failing to see the answer is always the actual root of the problem. Getting our eyes off of the problem and back on God – the answer – is always the solution. If you know the answer then the question is irrelevant.
Remember the disciples asked Jesus about the man who was born blind; “Who sinned? This man or his parents that he was born blind?” Jesus replied neither of them sinned. But so that the glory of God might be revealed. Jesus said the answer to your question is irrelevant – it doesn’t really matter – because I am the answer. Jesus was there to do the father’s work – to give sight to the blind. How the blind man became blind didn’t matter. All that mattered was that Jesus was there with him, and he was made to see!