The story of Gideon starts out with God not being very happy with his people, the Israelites. If you remember the Israelites were the ones God saved from Pharaoh. The people Moses led across the Red Sea on dry ground.
Hundreds of years had passed since then but throughout all of God’s miracles they had experienced, they still did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
There were consequences for these actions. That means that when they did something wrong God didn’t bless them but gave them into the hands of the Midianites.
The Midianites weren’t their friends. They took or ruined all their crops and animals. The Israelties had to hide from them in caves.
After Israel had nothing left they finally cried out to God for help. God heard their cry (like he always does) and had a plan.
The cool thing about all this is that God wasn’t happy with the Israelites but He still listened to them and answered their prayer!
This is where Gideon comes into the story. He was threshing wheat in a hidden place so that the Midianites wouldn’t see him and steal the wheat, when an angel of the Lord came and sat next to him.
The angel spoke to him and said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
“But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us why is all this bad stuff happening? Where are all the miracles our fathers (the people that crossed the Red Sea) told us about?”