Servant-Working: Living life courageously.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
With God all things are possible.
The story of Gideon is another story in the book of Judges. Like Deborah Gideon lived in Israel in the time between Joshua’s leadership of Israel and the time of the kings, beginning with King Saul. Gideon was another reluctant leader and warrior. Gideon’s adventure with God began when an angel came to visit him. This is the first time Gideon asked for a sign that would confirm that he was truly hearing from God. As a sign the angel placed Gideon’s offering on a rock and burned it up with a miraculous fire that flared from the rock. Then right before the battle Gideon asked for another sign, and then another. Only then was Gideon satisfied that he was to be a mighty warrior of God. God asked Gideon for a sign too, a sign of his trust in God’s power to fight the battle with him. God asked him to fight the battle with just three hundred men whom God would select. But with these men and confidence in God’s power, Gideon and his three hundred men defeated the Midianites and the Amalekites and their allies. (You can read the whole story in Judges 6 – 8.)
This is another story that illustrates the courage that trusting in God gives to God’s people. Every Christian is called by God to live life courageously. Our battles are different than Gideon’s, but our God is the same. It takes courage to persist in belief when tragedy strikes. It takes courage to believe when we are sick or afraid or hungry or depressed. But God does understand our human need for signs that he is with us. Keep your eyes and hearts open to what God is saying to you today. And then take heart and rejoice—all things are possible with God.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who came to visit Gideon?
A. An angel of the Lord.
Q. Who were the enemies of the Israelites this time?
A. Amalekites and Midianites.
Q. What was the name of the enemies’ god?
Q. What did God call Gideon to do?
A. To fight and defeat Israel’s enemies.
Q. How many soldiers did God allow Gideon to take with him into battle?
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why do you think that God cut Gideon’s army to only 300 men?
God wanted Gideon and Israel to see who really fought the battle. It wasn’t Gideon, it wasn’t the Israelites. It was God. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12: 10 that “when I am weak, then I am strong.” When we are weak, we are strong because God can work in us and through us. Our testimony of faith is based on what God is doing not what I can do. In 1 Corinthians 1: 27 Paul writes that “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” When we are weak, God can be seen more clearly, God shines through.