Judges 6:1-2 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years He gave them into the hands of the Midianites. Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves, and strongholds. www.networkbible.org
Judges 6:3-4 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. They camped on the land and ruined the crops al the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. www.networkbible.org
Judges 6:5-6 They came up with their livestock and their tents likes swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count the men and their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help. www.networkbible.org
Judges 6:7-8 When the Israelites cried to the Lord because of Midian, He sent to them a prophet, who said, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. www.networkbible.org
Judges 6:9-10 I snatched you from the power of Egypt and from the hand of al your oppressors. I drove them from before you and gave you their land. I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.’ www.networkbible.org
Judges 6:11-12 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’ www.networkbible.org
Judges 6:13-14 ‘But sir,’ Gideon replied, ‘if the Lord is with us, why has al this happened to us? Where are al His wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.’ The Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?’ www.networkbible.org
Judges 6:15-16 ‘But Lord, ‘ Gideon asked, ‘how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’ The Lord answered, ‘I wil be with you, and you wil strike down al the Midianites together.’ www.networkbible.org
Judges 6:22-24 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!’ But the Lord said to him, ‘Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.’ So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and cal ed it the Lord is Peace [Yahweh Shalom]. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. www.networkbible.org
God doesn’t see you or your circumstances from the same VIEWPOINT. Those who accomplished great feats often came from HUMBLE beginnings. Gideon was anything except a MODEL of faith. When pervaded by FEAR Gideon would come to know Yahweh Shalom. Shalom is not only the absence of hostility, but the presence of HARMONY…
He needed to be at peace WITH God. If you want to be BLESSED by God then live in a way that God is pleased to BLESS. God hadn’t abandoned them, He was WAITING for them to return. The Bible speaks both of peace with God and the peace OF God. Faith needs to GUIDE our feelings, not our feelings our faith.
True shalom is not DEPENDENT on circumstances. The peace of God is the ability to believe God for Easter Sunday while stil living in the REALITY of Good Friday. With the peace of God we are POSITIONED to handle better the battles of life.
Please take a moment to fill out your Communication Card My Next Step Today is to: ( ) Do the home life help (in bulletin) ( ) Pursue to know God better. ( ) Reflect on if I am thinking, speaking, and living in a way that would please God to bless ( ) Choose to turn to my faith over my feelings ( ) Ask God to help me see who He sees when I look in the “mirror”. ( ) Other________________________