Gideon – God uses the weak

This is one of a series of short reflections that can be used by individuals or small groups. It may be worth considering keeping a journal to make notes as you use each reflection.

In this session: we shall be looking at the way God called and used Gideon, and what this has to encourage us especially when we feel weak and inadequate.
From the book of Judges, Gideon is one of a series of leaders of God’s people. Gideon shows that even though he was weak and from the smallest tribe – God had great plans for him.

Settling in.
Spend a few moments to prepare to be open to receive from God during this reflection.
You may consider putting your phone on silent for a while. Light a candle. Get comfortable.

Gathering Worship

Reading: Judges 6: 11-16 (The Message)

One day the angel of God came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, whose son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the Midianites. The angel of God appeared to him and said, “God is with you, O mighty warrior!”
Gideon replied, “With me, my master? If God is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all the miracle-wonders our parents and grandparents told us about, telling us, ‘Didn’t God deliver us from Egypt?’ The fact is, God has nothing to do with us—he has turned us over to Midian.”
But God faced him directly: “Go in this strength that is yours. Save Israel from Midian. Haven’t I just sent you?”
Gideon said to him, “Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter.”
God said to him, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.”

Reflect on the past week and Give thanks for good things.

Almighty God,
your Son revealed in signs and wonders the greatness of your saving love;
renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who is alive with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.

Reading and Reflection:
Read Judges 6: 11-16

Think for a moment about your own life – when have you ever felt weak?

If you are in a group setting share your examples. (Don’t share what you don’t want to!)

Look again at the passage.

  1. In what ways does God remind Gideon that he is not weak and alone?
  2. What does this teach us about those times we may feel like Gideon?
  3. What about those times when you feel weak and helpless, and God feels far away. How does that feel? How do you hang on to faith?

The world values the strong, the rich and the powerful. Christians however follow Jesus who shows a different way of living.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Reflect or share in your small group examples of how the world values strength, power and wealth.

  1. From the passage – what does Paul say about how God uses the weak, powerless and foolish?
  • 2. Thinking of Jesus – is he foolish or wise, weak or strong? Give examples.

Closing Worship
Light a candle – and pray in silence or aloud for those who live with weakness in our world today

End your session by saying the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

This is an adapted version of a series originally compiled by Bob Callaghan and Alison Spreadbridge for St Edmund’s Church, Dartford

Still figuring out what being a disciple might mean. Anglican priest and cyclist. One of the founders and editors of New Roots - partly as a way of hanging on in there!

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