Are You Being Defiant Towards God?

Have you ever rejected instruction from your parents, pastor, or from reading the Word of God itself?

Maybe you were told that your friends were a bad influence on you, or that the movies or music you were filling your mind with weren’t God honoring. Instead of listening to your parents, pastor, or the Word of God, you probably just ignored them and kept choosing what you knew in the back of your mind was sinful.

This has happened to all of us, but it shouldn’t, especially we who claim to know Christ.

The passage of 1 Samuel we are looking at today shows us a whole nation of people who ignored first their own leader’s instruction, and then the instruction of God himself!

1 Samuel 8 tells the story of Israel demanding their first king.

Before this time, Israel had been ruled by God himself through Judges like we saw in our last study through the book of Judges. In this chapter, Samuel, the current judge of Israel, was getting old and had set his sons as judges over Israel. His sons were not obedient to God, however, so the elders of Israel came up with a plan.

They wanted a king!

At first, it seems like a reasonable request. I mean, Samuel’s sons were very evil and there would be no one to judge and lead Israel without Samuel.

But the key here is in verse 5, where at the end they say they want a king to “judge us like all the nations.”

They are directly rejecting God as their leader, desiring to conform to the ways of the pagan nations around them. Understandably, both Samuel and God are very angry with this decision.

God tells Samuel to tell the people all the consequences of having a king.

When Samuel tells them in verses 10-18, the people are defiant to God and Samuel, saying, “No! But there shall be a king over us, that we may also be like all the nations…” (Verse 19b-20a.)

When I read this, I picture a defiant toddler throwing a temper-tantrum when their parent disciplines them. Israel is honesty acting very pitifully in this passage of scripture.

The sad truth is that many of us are being just as defiant towards God in our lives today as the Israelites were in Chapter 8.

Many of us are holding onto sins in our lives that God wants us to get rid of, but we, like bratty little toddlers, refuse to let go.

Maybe you know your music isn’t honoring to God.

Maybe that movie you’re planning on seeing with your friends is less than holy.

Maybe you are making sports or relationships an idol in your life, elevating them above God in importance.

When we let these things happen without ever addressing them, we are being just like the Israelites here in Chapter 8.

We are demanding that God does it our way and ignoring His commands.

We are putting ourselves in place of God, and who could imagine a more disgusting sin than that?

So what are you holding onto today? What are you trying to force to work your way instead of God’s? Let it go, give it to God, and repent of your pride and selfishness today.

Johnathan

Let’s talk in the comments below:

  1. Has there ever been a time in your life when you ignored God and did things your way?
  2. What were the results of ignoring God?
  3. What is there in your life that you aren’t giving to God today?

Good Morning Guys Resources {1 Samuel 6-10}

Welcome back to the Good Morning Guys Study through 1 Samuel! I pray your first week was beneficial to your growth in your relationship with Christ.

If you’re new, feel free to jump right in and follow along. Everything you need for this week is below, including this week’s Bible Reading Plan, Reflection Questions, and Verses of the Day.  Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for my weekly blog post.

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday: 1 Samuel 6

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 7

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 8

Thursday: 1 Samuel 9

Friday: 1 Samuel 10

The Reflection Questions for the Week

Chapter 6-Monday

We live in a culture that tends to treat God casually rather than holy.  At times, we lean more towards grace than obedience or towards our feelings rather than letting God’s Word have the final say.

How have you seen this around you?  How can we live differently?

Chapter 7-Tuesday

Israel had strayed from serving God and needed a change of heart.

Are there any areas where your heart has secretly gone astray?  How can you redirect your heart today?

Chapter 8-Wednesday

Israel wanted a king so they could be like the other nations.  When we take our eyes off of God’s Word, we too can be influenced by the world’s trends.

In what ways have you seen the church tempted to follow the world’s ways over God’s?

Chapter 9-Thursday

God chose someone that the world would have overlooked to become the king of Israel.  

How does this encourage you to see that God does not choose those he uses based on status, wealth or background?

Chapter 10-Friday

The rejection of the Lord made no sense.  Why would anyone reject the one who had saved them?

Sometimes we act like the Israelites and we try to solve our problems on our own.  Tell of a time when you have struggled with this.

The Verses of the Day

Monday: Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God?

1 Samuel 6:20

Tuesday: Direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only.

1 Samuel 7:3

Wednesday: And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

1 Samuel 8:7

Thursday: Saul answered, “Am I not a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel? And is not my clan the humblest of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin?

1 Samuel 9:21

Friday: You have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us.’

1 Samuel 10:19

 

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I’ll see you back here on Wednesday for our weekly blog post.

Johnathan

When God Calls

God speaks. He speaks everyday.

 Do you hear Him?

 “How does God speak?” you may ask, “I’ve never heard God’s voice.”

 The answer is not as simple as just one way that God communicates with His people.

He uses His word to speak to us, as well as the Holy Spirit’s prompting inside of us during prayer, worship, and daily life, and the words of our pastors, teachers, and even parents.

God can and does use all of these ways to communicate to us, but we have to be willing to respond.

Jesus talks about hearing and responding to Him in John 10:27-28, where He says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

In our reading today we will be looking at 1 Samuel 3:1-14. Samuel had been dedicated to the Lord to live at the temple while he grew up by his mother who hadn’t been able to have children. She had promised God that if He helped her have children, she would give her firstborn to God’s service. When Samuel was old enough to be separated from his mom, she brought him to the temple to serve there with Eli, the head priest.

Eli had three very evil sons who did not honor God, so God decided to make Samuel the next high priest instead of Eli’s sons.

In this amazing passage of scripture, God calls to Samuel 3 times, and Samuel finally answers the third time after thinking it was Eli who had been calling him.

God told Samuel that He was going to punish Eli’s family forever, and that their family would no longer be the priests. It isn’t recorded that Samuel would be the next priest of Israel, but this is the first time God really takes away the blessing from Eli’s family and puts it on Samuel.

What is very important to see in this passage is how Samuel responds to God’s call. In verse 10, Samuel responds to God’s call with “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

The question is, are we listening to God with a servant’s heart today?

When we hear God’s word in church or read it on our own, are we humble enough to let it change us and to follow where God has just told us to go?

When the Holy Spirit inside of you prompts you to do or say something, are you brave enough to listen?

Or do you just let sermon after sermon, bible verse after bible verse pass you by, never changing or truly following after what God is speaking to you everyday?

It’s time for you to pray and really speak to God, and then read His word or listen to your pastor’s sermon and let His spirit speak to you through it.

God will show you what you need to change in your life.

When He shows you, respond in humbleness, asking for His help to accomplish the changes in your life, and then go out and live for God!

Trust me, I am nowhere near perfect and I don’t listen to God enough either, but this is truly something we all must work on if we want to grow to be more Christ-like.

So today, let God speak to you, and then go out and do something about it!

Johnathan

Let’s talk in the comments below:

  1. How is God speaking to you today?
  2. Tell about a time when you felt led to do something by God, and took a step of faith and listened.

 

 

It’s Time to Begin {Intro & Resources for 1 Samuel 1-5}

Welcome!

Today we begin our study in the book of 1 Samuel.  If you don’t have your optional Journal yet, I want to encourage you to pull out a notebook and use it to write out your thoughts and reflections on this week’s study.

Inside the journal it teaches you how to use the SOAK method to study the Bible.  This is how the method works:

  • S – The S stands for Scripture – Read the chapter for the day.   Then choose 1-2 verses and write them out word for word. (There is no right or wrong choice – just let the Holy Spirit guide you.)
  • O – The O stands for Observation – Look at the verse or verses you wrote out. Write 1 or 2 observations. What stands out to you? What do you learn about the character of God from these verses? Is there a promise, command or teaching?
  • A – The A stands for Application – Personalize the verses. What is God saying to you?   How can you apply them to your life?   Are there any changes you need to make or an action to take?
  • K – The K stands for Kneeling in Prayer – Pause, kneel and pray. Confess any sin God has revealed to you today. Praise God for His word. Pray the passage over your own life or someone you love. Ask God to help you live out your applications.

The goal is to SOAK God’s word into your heart everyday and let it transform your life, renew your mind and create a deeper intimacy with God.

Let’s take a look at the book of the Bible we are about to study.

The Book of 1 Samuel Overview

The book of 1 Samuel is about the lives of Samuel, Saul and David. As the book of Judges ends, we find there was no king in Israel and everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes. Israel was at a spiritual low point, as their priesthood and judges were corrupt.

Israel desired to be like the other nations and so they demanded to have a King. So God gave Israel what they wanted and Samuel anointed Saul as King. Through a series of bad choices and disobedience of God’s will, Saul ended up rejected by God. A new king was chosen, David, a man after God’s own heart. After David defeated a giant named Goliath, Saul grew jealous of David and sought to kill him.

While David was on the run from Saul, twice he had the opportunity to take Saul’s life but instead he honored the king. In the end, Saul tragically died while on the battlefield fighting the Philistines.

Author: Unknown; some possible writers are Nathan and Gad

Date: about 930 BC

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 16:7

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Outline:

  • The days of Samuel before the monarchy (1-7)
  • Israel demands a king and the Monarchy begins (8-12)
  • The reign and rejection of King Saul (13-15)
  • The fall of Saul and the rise of David (16-31)

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday – 1 Samuel 1

Tuesday – 1 Samuel  2

Wednesday – 1 Samuel 3

Thursday – 1 Samuel 4

Friday – 1 Samuel 5

The Reflection Questions for the Week

{These questions are included inside the journal .  If you do not have the journal, I encourage you to reflect on these questions and answer them in your notebook.}

Chapter 1:

Hannah poured her soul out before the Lord passionately, in silent prayer.

Who or what is on your heart today that needs your fervent prayers?  Pause now and silently lay your requests before the Lord.

 

Chapter 2:

After God answered Hannah’s prayers for a son, she praised God and was full of thanksgiving.

Take a moment and share a praise.  What prayer request has God answered for you?  

Chapter 3:

God called Samuel three times before Samuel recognized God’s voice.

 We must be listening to God, as we read His Word.  Share a verse or passage of scripture that means a lot to you because God has clearly spoken to you through it.

 

Chapter 4:

Israel expected a victory because the ark was with them but their disobedience led to defeat.

God is always with you and wants to give you victory but sin holds us back.  Confess here below, any sin that is holding you back today.

 

Chapter 5:

False gods will always fail before the One True God!  One day every knee will bow to Him.

How does this bring you comfort to see the power of your God displayed in 1 Samuel 5?

 

The Verses of the Day

Monday:

Go in peace.

1 Samuel 1:17

 

Tuesday:

There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

1 Samuel 2:2

 

Wednesday:

Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.
1 Samuel 3:9

 

Thursday: 

As soon as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded.

1 Samuel 4:5

 

Friday:

Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. 

 And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord.
1 Samuel 5:2,3

 

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I’ll see you back here this Wednesday as we go deeper into God’s Word together.

Johnathan

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Introducing Our New Winter 2017 Study!

Welcome!  It’s time to introduce our new Winter 2017 Bible Study.  We will be going through the book of 1 Samuel together.

We are reading through the Bible – one chapter a day – 5 days a week.  Every Monday, we’ll kick off the week with free resources and accountability here on the blog and on Fridays, I’ll be here to wrap-up our week in the Word, with a devotional.  If you want to join in, I encourage you to purchase a Journal on Amazon. The link is below!

We’ll be starting in the book of 1 Samuel Monday, January 9th.

The {optional} Good Morning Guys 1 Samuel Journal
is available now exclusively on Amazon.

I’ll be back here after the holidays to give you more details and free resources to help you in your study.

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I hope you’ll join us in the new year as we grow in Christ! Have a wonderful, Christ-filled Christmas and remember that the real reason we celebrate is because of our great salvation in Jesus Christ.

Johnathan

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The Consequences of Disobedience

 

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Everyone faces the consequences of their sin every day.

Maybe you disobeyed your parents and got grounded. Maybe your mom or dad got pulled over for speeding. No matter how big or small the sin, there are always consequences.

In today’s passage from Judges 16:4-22, we will see the horrible consequences Samson faced when he disobeyed God’s law and did what he wanted instead.

When we look at Chapter 16, verse 4 shows Samson’s horrible mistake right away. He committed adultery with a woman he wasn’t married to, which God commands against in Exodus 20:14, where He says, “You shall not commit adultery.” 

To make matters worse, this woman, whose name is Delilah, is a Philistine, not an Israelite. God told Israel not to marry women from other nations to protect them from being drawn into those women’s false idol worship. Solomon made this same mistake years later, in 1 Kings 11:2, which says, “They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.”

Clearly, Samson is already breaking two big commands from God. However, things get worse.

The Philistines wanted to capture Samson because of all the times he had attacked them, but they first had to find out the secret to his superhuman strength, which was his long hair. He had never cut his hair as part of a vow to God.

They convinced Samson’s new lover, Delilah, to find out Samson’s secret for them. When Delilah tries to find out the secret in Verses 6-14, Samson lies to her 3 times, further adding to his sin.

Samson should have ran far away from Delilah the first time she tried to get him to spill the beans, but instead, he continued living in sin with her for many days, lying the whole time.

In the end, in Verses 15-21, he finally tells Delilah the reason for his enormous strength, and Delilah has his head shaved in his sleep. This is further disobedience against God, since Samson had vowed never to cut his hair. The consequences come quickly when the Philistines capture Samson and brutally gouge his eyes out, putting him in prison for the rest of his life.

Samson ended up losing his freedom and sight, all because of his disobedience to God.

So what can we learn from this extreme example?

The truth is that every single sin we commit has consequences, whether we know it or not. We will never, ever get away with a single sin.

Sometimes it might seem like we have gotten away with doing something wrong.

Maybe no one found out that you snuck out of the house one night, or no one saw you steal candy from the grocery store. The truth is, though, that God sees every single sin, even if no one on earth has, and He will bring those secret sins into the light, judging every single one. (Ecclesiastes 12:14, Romans 2:16)

You can escape man, but no one can ever escape God, no matter where you go.

Everyone has sin, whether it’s secret or not, so what do we do to fix this judgement that God says He’s going to bring on them?

The answer is in Jesus Christ.

If you have given your life to Christ, know that your sins are forgiven. Now live your life for God, doing your best through His power to get rid of sin in your life and asking forgiveness when you don’t. And most importantly, tell others this good news that has changed your life so much. Jesus tells us in the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.

That is a command for every Christian, so we all need to be working our hardest to tell everyone we know about Jesus, who has saved us from the consequences of our sin.

Finally, if you do not know Jesus, know that He came to take God’s judgement for your sin upon Himself on the cross when He died. All you have to do is confess and turn away from your sins and trust in Jesus for your salvation, choosing to live your life for Him from now on.

If you do this, you will have new life in Christ and be saved from the wrath.

If you have never given your life to God, do that today!

It is so important. You don’t have to be like Samson, stuck in your sin and facing horrible consequences. Just turn to Jesus today.

Johnathan

Let’s talk in the comments below:

  1. What is a time where you have disobeyed God and suffered the consequences?
  2. Who can you share the good news of the Gospel with today?
  3. Have you accepted Christ as your savior?

Good Morning Guys Resources {Judges 16-21}

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Welcome back to the Good Morning Guys Study through Judges!

If you’re new, feel free to jump right in and follow along. Everything you need for this week is below, including this week’s Bible Reading Plan, Reflection Questions, and Verses of the Day.  Don’t forget to check back on Friday for my weekly blog post.

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday – Judges 16

Tuesday – Judges 17

Wednesday – Judges 18

Thursday – Judges 19

Friday – Judges 20-21

The Reflection Questions for the Week

{These questions are included inside the journal .  If you do not have the journal, I encourage you to reflect on these questions and answer them in your notebook.}

Monday-Chapter 16:

Samson’s choice to follow his own human nature allowed him to be captured by his enemies.

Name a time when you ignored God’s instructions and you failed.

Tuesday-Chapter 17:

During these times, everyone did what was right in their own eyes.

What problems arise when we all do what we feel is right instead of seeking out God’s counsel first?

Wednesday-Chapter 18:

The priest was easily convinced to help those who robbed Micah with the promise of a promotion.

Have you ever been placed in a situation where you had to choose between personal desires and God’s desires?

Thursday-Chapter 19:

The Levite and the man of the house protected themselves over the protection of the women in the home. They selfishly did what was right in their own eyes.

Selfishness hurts those around us, especially those in our own home. Do you struggle with selfishness in your home?

Friday-Chapter 20:

God waited until Israel was willing to confront their own sin before delivering the victory to them against the tribe of Benjamin.

Is there something God is attempting to get you to confront so that He can bless you?

Chapter 21:

The tribe of Benjamin was allowed to rebuild after they had been dealt with.

Name a time that you had to rebuild certain areas of your own life to get back on track with God.

The Verses of the Day

Monday: O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me-Judges 16:28

Tuesday: In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes-Judges 17:6

Wednesday: Go in peace. The journey on which you go is under the eye of the Lord-Judges 18:6

Thursday: Peace be to you-Judges 19:20

Friday: Purge evil-Judges 20:13

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes-Judges 21:25

 

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I’ll see you back here this Friday as we wrap-up our week of Bible Study.

Johnathan

You Can’t Live Life Alone

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Have you tried to do anything without God’s help before?

Many times we try to do things our own way, and by our own strength. We forget to ask God for His help and guidance when life gets rough.

This is because we don’t actually trust God when He says that He “causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” (Romans 8:28, NASB)

We forget that He is in control, so we try to control the situation ourselves. However, we should look to the example of Samson in this week’s passage to see how we should respond when things get rough in our lives.

This week we will be specifically looking at Judges 15:18-19.

These verses tell the story of Samson after he had just finished defeating the enemy Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. At the beginning of Chapter 15, Samson had tried to visit his wife, who was a Philistine, only to discover that her dad had given her to another man to marry! Understandably, Samson was very angry, so he got revenge on the Philistines by burning up all their crops. The Philistines tried to come and kill Samson, but Samson fought and killed 1,000 of them with the jawbone of a donkey, defeating their army. It was a great victory for Samson and Israel, given to them by God.

After the battle, in our story today, Samson is in the wilderness where the battle had just taken place. He was understandably very tired and thirsty, but since he was in the desert, there was nothing at all to drink!

Samson was sure he was going to die of thirst out in the desert, but He knew he could rely on God to save him.

Samson cried out to God in Verse 18 and said, “You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the Philistines?”

He gave God glory for the victory, and then asked Him to rescue him from his certain death in the wilderness. In verse 19, God came through for Samson by splitting the ground open and causing water to gush out! Samson was miraculously saved.

We can learn so much from this story of Samson’s deadly problem and God’s miraculous provision.

When life is good, we tend to forget about God. When we forget about God, we don’t seek His council when trying to make decisions, and instead try to make everything work for ourselves.

Maybe we want to date someone, or we want to get a job, or we want to buy a car. Whatever it is, when we don’t trust God in those decisions, it always inevitably leads to failure.

Instead, we must learn to trust God in the good times by looking to Him in His word and through prayer for advice when we are making these decisions. Only then will we be truly successful because only then will we be following God’s will.

When we are in a difficult situation, we often lose sight of God as well. Instead of turning to Him to help us, we try and figure things out ourselves.

The problem is, we aren’t able to bear our burdens by ourselves. God didn’t make us that way. God made us to rely on Him when we are struggling. This is what gives God the most glory.

When we are going through rough times, God wants us to cry out to Him in prayer like Samson did, so He can come to our rescue. This gives God glory because we acknowledge our weakness and God is glorified as strong in saving and helping us.

You can not live life without God, whether in good times or bad. Always look to God when making decisions, and thank Him for your many blessings, because none of us deserve the many blessings we have been given by God. And when life gets rough, follow Samson’s example and cry out to God for help. He will never abandon you.

Let’s talk in the comments below:

  1. What is something you are trying to do your own way instead of trusting God?
  2. How has God helped you make it through a difficult time in your life?

Good Morning Guys Resources {Judges 11-15}

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Welcome back to the Good Morning Guys Study through Judges!

If you’re new, feel free to jump right in and follow along. Everything you need for this week is below, including this week’s Bible Reading Plan, Reflection Questions, and Verses of the Day.  Don’t forget to check back on Friday for my weekly blog post.

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday – Judges 11

Tuesday – Judges 12

Wednesday – Judges 13

Thursday – Judges 14

Friday – Judges 15

The Reflection Questions for the Week

{These questions are included inside the journal .  If you do not have the journal, I encourage you to reflect on these questions and answer them in your notebook.}

Chapter 11:

Jephthah remained confident in God’s promises knowing that God would prevail.

Name a time when you faced a situation that you had to remind yourself that God’s promises would be fulfilled no matter what.

Chapter 12:

God and God alone can save us, not man.

Name a time that God has stepped in and rescued you from a horrible situation.

Chapter 13:

Monoah sought out God’s instructions. God was faithful in revealing their duties.

When was the last time you sought direction from God?

Chapter 14:

The Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson twice in this chapter. This shows the involvement of God in Samson’s life.

How have you seen God’s involvement in your life?

Chapter 15:

Even though Samson was strong, he knew he had to call on God to help him.

Have you ever been in a situation where you were determined to fix the situation yourself, only to be reminded by God, that we must rely on Him and not ourselves?

The Verses of the Day

Monday:

All that the Lord our God has given us, we will possess-Judges 11:24

Tuesday:

The Lord gave them into my hand.Judges 12:3

Wednesday:

And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the Lord blessed him.-Judges 13:24

Thursday:

Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him.-Judges 14:6

Friday:

And he called upon the Lord and said, “You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant.”-Judges 15:18

 

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I’ll see you back here this Friday as we wrap-up our week of Bible Study.

Johnathan

How God Works Through Our Weakness

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Have you ever had to do something that you thought was too big and too hard for you to do all by yourself?

Maybe you had to lift something really heavy or do something really hard in a sport you play. We’ve all had those experiences, but I’m pretty sure none of us has ever had to save a whole nation from an evil oppressor.

That’s exactly what Gideon was told to do by the Lord in Judges 6:11-16

Israel was being oppressed by an evil nation called Midian. God had actually caused Israel to be oppressed in Judges 6:1-10 because Israel was disobeying Him and worshipping false gods.

The people of Israel had to hide out in caves and forts, and the Midianites kept stealing their animals and crops.

Israel got so fed up that they finally cried out to the One True God to save them. That’s where our story today about Gideon picks up.

In Chapter 6 Verses 11 and 12, we see an angel approach Gideon while he’s working and telling him that God is with him, and calling him a “mighty man of valor.”

Can you imagine an angel randomly coming up to you and calling you a warrior?

To make things even crazier, he tells Gideon that he’s the man God wants to defeat the Midianite oppressors of Israel.

At this point, anyone would be pretty worried about having to lead a war to save a nation. Gideon asks the angel how he’s supposed to do this when he’s the weakest man in the weakest family of his tribe.

The angel simply tells him that God will be with him.

Looking ahead to Chapter 7 Verse 19, we see that in the end God helped Gideon defeat the Midianites just like the angel says here.

So what can we learn from this crazy story of God using a weak, insignificant person to save a nation?

Chances are most of us can identify with Gideon. We’re just normal guys living normal lives. We’re not important or strong.

But just like Gideon, God can use us despite our weaknesses.

The Bible is filled with stories of weak, insignificant people being used by God. Just look at the twelve apostles! They started out as lowly fisherman and tax collectors, and God used them to establish His church!

So how does God want to use you for Him today?

Here are some ways God wants to use you for His kingdom even when you think you’re insignificant and unimportant.

 

    1. Serve Others.
      God wants you to consider others as more important than yourself. By loving others and giving to them without thinking about yourself, God uses you to make Himself known! Jesus says in Matthew 20:16, “The last will be first, and the first will be last.” Living sacrificially is how you are truly great in God’s eyes.
    2. Pray.

      Prayer is how we communicate with God as Christians. When we pray, we are made more and more like God. We get closer to Him, and He strengthens us to be able to do what He commands us to through His Holy Spirit. In this way God works through your weaknesses by giving you His strength instead of your own.

    3. Tell Others About Him.
      As Christians it is our duty to tell others about Christ. Whether we only influence one person to accept Christ or we bring thousands to Christ, each soul is infinitely important to God. If you tell others about Christ, you are bringing glory to God and God is using you to further His kingdom, even if you feel like your efforts are weak and insignificant.

Don’t Try To Do Things By Yourself!  

When Christians try to live for God, stay away from sin, and tell others about Him by themselves, they aren’t relying on God’s strength that is available to every Christian through the Holy Spirit.

God is most glorified when we rely on Him.

Paul sums this up perfectly in 1 Corinthians 12:10, when he says, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Paul isn’t saying that somehow weaknesses actually make him strong, he’s saying that when he’s at his weakest, God is strongest in him, because it’s not by his strength that he’s living for God, but by God’s strength.

So today if you’re feeling too weak or unimportant to do anything great for God, remember that it’s when we are at our weakest that God uses us the most.

Johnathan

Let’s talk in the comments below:

  1. What situations are you facing in your life that make you weak?
  2. How can you rely on God to help you in those situations?
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