ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: Today’s lesson was skillfully taught by Sister Johnson. The lesson was entitled WRESTLING WITH DOUBT. The Scripture was from Judges 6:11-18. The KEY VERSE was verse 12 which reads, “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior’” (NIV).
Verse 12 reads, “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” But even with this assurance from the angel of the Lord, Gideon’s first question was WHY. In verse 13 Gideon asks the angel, “Pardon me, my lord, but if the Lord is with us, WHY has all this happened to us? Where are all His wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
WHY is “abbreviated” such a long word?
WHY is lemon juice made with artificial flavor …and dish-washing liquid made with real lemons?
WHY is the third hand on the watch called a second hand?
WHY ask WHY?
When God gives us His word on something, we should not have to ask WHY, JUST DO IT!
In verse 14, the angel of the Lord said to Gideon, “Go in the strength that you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
Victory does not take a whole lot of rigamarole! Take an inventory of what you have on hand. Look around. Do you have your list? Well, that’s it; that’s all you need. Go with that, for God is with you!
In verses 15-16, Gideon asks the angel, “Pardon me lord but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least of my family. The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none.”
Even if you consider yourself the LEAST of the LEAST, God can make you the BEST of the BEST; THE CREAM of the CROP!
In verse 17, Gideon asked God for a sign that He was indeed, who He said He was. God gave Gideon a sign.
WHY did Gideon require a SIGN from God? Because his heart was filled with DOUBT! Here’s what Christopher Reeve said about doubt; “A hero is someone who, in spite of weaknesses, DOUBT, or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.”