The Man Gideon: A Victim Turned Victor (Week 2)
Week 2: What does God call you?
Scripture Reading: Judges 6:1-16
Synopsis: We read how God pursued the lowest of the low for a mighty assignment. Now we will see how God views us and how He can use our weakness.
Gideon was seen threshing wheat in a winepress. Who does that?! The Midianites terrorized the Israelites to the extent that they burnt their grains. So, Gideon was not only weak but was fearful for his life and the result was him hiding in a winepress to thresh wheat. Fear has a way of not just making a warrior abandon his duties but also to live in fear.
While Gideon was in his hiding place the angel of the LORD appeared to him. It is amazing how God still visits us in our moments of weakness. God, seated high in heaven, meets us where we are even in our lowliest state. The angel of the LORD encouraged him, assured him and gave him a title (Judges 6:12). Gideon questioned this statement because his belief was that evil would never thrive where God is. It is erroneous to think that God’s presence in our lives will automatically eliminate problems.
“Fear has a way of not just making a warrior abandon his duties but also to live in fear.”
Jesus was in the boat with His disciples when the storm began. He was also with Peter when they both walked on water, but Peter began to drown when he shifted his sites away from Jesus onto the storm. It is not the circumstances we find ourselves in that matters, only the presence of God. God waited for Daniel in the lion’s den; He waited for the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace and no harm came upon them. It was the sin of idolatry within the Israelites that opened the door for their enemies; a single sin will open doors to other (maybe even greater) sins and problems.
Memory Verse: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
Prayer: Lord Thank you for knowing my every thought, thank you for seeing me as greater than my mind can conceive. Please help me to keep my eyes and heart focused on your presence all the days that I shall live, so that I may continue to assist in your will being done on earth as it is in heaven.
Action Plan: Here are some activities that you can try to help implement this week’s message. Stay encouraged fam.
1. Recall a time that was tough for you to overcome and how God showed up and comforted you. Give at least one example of how He comforted you i.e. a random text from a friend, a free piece of chocolate…
2. List at least five of your concrete unshakable beliefs about God and his goodness.
3. Document your thoughts and feelings regarding the first two task mentioned.