Summary: Gideon surrendered his weakness of having an army of 32,000 to one of 300.
God uses people of faith who keep surrendered to Him
As we come to this story God’s chosen people have come out of bondage and by the leadership of Moses and Joshua were in the land God promised them. We come to verses that should disturb us, Judges 2:10 (quickview) , 12 “Another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done. They forsook the lord God of their fathers …and they provoked the Lord to anger.” The bible goes on to say that the Lord God delivered them into the hands of their enemies. When they cried unto the Lord He sent judges to set them free. There are 12 judges mentioned in this book. We are going to look at one of these judges and gain spiritual insight in our daily living for Christ. When we open chapter 6 we read “The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.” There had been five judges. The problem with these people is that they would not remain surrendered to God in living how He had told them to. If today you have chosen to follow Christ yet it seems that you are still given to sin could it be that there is something in your life that you have not surrendered to Him? We can choose how we live. God let these people do evil but He also let them suffer for a wrong choice by letting them be under bondage to the Midianites. 6:1-6. These people would come into the land and camp to destroy the crops that were growing and the animals. This army was 135,000 strong and Israel had no match for them. They cried out to God. As a church we need to be crying out to God for the forces of evil are great and without His help we have no hope.
Let us not what God can do.
I. God calls us. I know that if He waited until we cleaned up our lives then none of us would ever be able to serve Him. “Well you are such a good person I want you to be part of my family.” The Bible says that we are all born with sin in our heart. No matter who we are we are not worthy of heaven. The Midianites are a type like the devil in that they came on the Israelites with speed and ease. Te devil comes to kill and destroy.
A. Gideon was hiding in place where he could thresh wheat where he could not be seen and all at once and angel came to him.
B. We would say that Gideon was not good material to be used by God at this time. In his Society, Gideon was a nobody and His family was the weakest in his tribe he is the least in his family. Gideon is saying, “Hey God, I can’t be used. God, you have got it wrong. You must not know who I am. God, you must have me mistaken for someone else. I am a nobody. Do you ever feel like Gideon? We need to learn is to focus on who God says we are instead of what Society says we are. God does the choosing and I am sure that like me you might think that God has used and unlikely vessel to put His Holy Spirit in. At His Word, the light shines, the world spins, the winds cease, the demons flee, the mountains fall, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the blind see, the lepers are cleansed, the dead are raised and heaven is open for you and me.