Summary: This sermon looks at the call on Gideon’s Life to do the impossible. Pastor Toby and I preached this sermon together as part of our campaign to build a new building.
With God It’s Possible
When was the last time in your life in which you wanted to try something or accomplish something, but you were afraid that you might not succeed so you didn’t even try? When was the last time, in which you went out and did something that you did not think you could do, but you did it and are glad that you did. Each of those experiences leaves us with a certain feeling inside. The first memory has that gnawing feeling of regret, and the second immediately brings a “Yes” to our memory.
There are many experiences that we choose to try on our own, and they do not always lead to victory. I worked at a camp one summer on a lake. I desperately wanted to learn to water ski. I tried my hardest, but I simply could not get up on the top of the water when the boat took off. Now I had prayed for God’s help. For some reason or another, I had to accept, God had not called me to be a water skier, because if He had, I would have been on the water. When we say, with God, all things are possible, we must remember things become possible when God calls us to do them. There is a temptation to say, “I want to do this and I will do it because with God all things are possible.” The biblical truth is once God has told us to do something, with God it becomes possible to bring it to reality.”
Warren Weirsbe once said, “God’s commandments are God’s enablements.” Once God has called and commissioned us to do something, all we have to do is obey God by faith and God will do the rest. God cannot lie, and God never fails. Faith means obeying God in spite of what we see, how we feel, or what the consequences might be. No one does a work for the Lord without having to pay a price to overcome some kind of fear. We find that fear present in Moses, in Gideon, in Jeremiah, in Mary and even in Jesus there in the Garden of Gethsamenae. Today we are going to focus in on Gideon in Judges Chapter 6 & 7.
God’s people’s lives were miserable thanks to the Midianites. Now imagine being farmers. You go out and plant your seeds, waters the fields, pull the weeds, and doing all you can to make your food grow. Then just as you see the food is growing and about ready to be harvested, you see this cloud of smoke coming from the east. That cloud of smoke is due to the Midianites and the animals coming by the thousands to trample your garden and to have the animals eat all the food you have grown. They leave, but its too late to plant anything again, and now you’ve got to figure out, what am I going to eat for the coming year to get me through the winter.
Now meet Gideon. He’s just a farmer whose trying to get him some wheat for his next meal. Normally when a farmer was threshing wheat, he would be outside tossing the wheat into the air, so that the wind could blow away the chaff which was the bad part of the grain. But Gideon is doing this down in a hole in the ground in a winepress. He wants to make sure no Midianite sees him and possibly takes away his food. There he is trying to be as secret about the whole process as possible.