Judges 6-7 “Absurd Opportunities: Gideon”

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The narrative of Gideon opens with God’s people wandering away from Him.  This is part of what is known as the “Judges cycle.”  God’s people wander, enemies oppress Israel, God’s people cry out, God sends a judge, and the judge helps to rescue them and lead them back to God.  In the book of Judges, this happens repeatedly.

It’s easy to look at these stories and wonder at the foolishness of God’s people.  Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, their story is ours more often than we want to admit.  No matter what, though, God never leaves His people.  When they call out to Him, God always answers.  This truth is carried forward in Jesus Christ as well, the ultimate answer of God to His people’s cry for help in the midst of oppression.  Jesus came to set us free that we too might live for God!

Questions to take home:

  1. Have you ever woken up and felt like you were lost, just wandering through life?  What was going on in your life at the time?  Did something change that caused you to wander away from God?
  2. God shows up to Gideon and calls him to lead His people, and yet Gideon questions and even tests God.  Have you ever experienced a calling that you questioned?  Do you feel like you have ever tested God?  What were the answers and how did you get them?
  3. Sometimes we are the leaders, other times we those who need to be led.  Is there a “Gideon” in your life that has helped to lead you back to God?  Has God called you to be a “Gideon” to someone in your life?  Who was that person?  Share this with someone!