Dear TLS Community,
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?” “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 will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.” (Judges 6:14-16)
Our class Chapel service next week is focussing on the story of Gideon. Although I was familiar with the name, I did not know much about Gideon prior to planning for chapel. But I am so glad that our students have the opportunity to hear the story as it’s one that I would have loved to hear when I was younger as it has a great message for us all.
Gideon, a timid man, was told by God that he was going to save Israel. Now, if an angel appeared to me and told me something, I’d like to think I would believe whatever he said. But not Gideon. Gideon immediately doubts the word of God.
The Lord reassures Gideon that He will be with him as they fight the Midianites together. But Gideon’s insecurity was so great that he didn’t trust the word of God. God continued to encourage and assure Gideon, despite Gideon’s lack of confidence in himself.
When it was time for battle, the Lord took the thirty-two thousand men that were following Gideon and reduced them to three hundred. God took what might have been possible by the hands of Gideon and made it only possible by God’s great strength. Assured by God’s faithfulness, Gideon obeyed the Lord and confidently went into battle. Gideon won the battle with God as his strength. He powerfully defeated an army that outnumbered his own because God was working through him.
What a great message for us all. With God, there is no need to doubt and be afraid. We walk through life together with Him; we are weak but God is strong.
Being a hero does not require physical, intellectual or emotional strength. Our strength comes from faith in Jesus Christ. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
God longs to empower and encourage you today. He wants to conquer the works of the enemy through you. Allow God to show you the greatness He has placed within you and let Him guide you into battles that only He could win.
We need to know that God is with us and when God is with us we can do anything. We need to be confident in who God is and that He will do exactly what He says He will. Today we need to put our hope and our trust in God and step out and do what God has called us to do. We need to believe His Word and what He says about us.
Although we may feel small and insignificant, God takes our lives and demonstrates Himself through us. Nothing is impossible with God and that means that when He is with us nothing can stop us! All things are possible because of the power of God. I pray that you put your hope and trust in God. If you feel as if God is asking you to do something, have confidence that He will be with you every step of the way.
Year 3/4 Teacher
ICT and Innovation Coordinator