I Doubt It
God Will Not Shame You for Your Doubt
- I. The Situation
A. Israel went astray and did evil. God gave them over to their enemies, the Midianites. (Judges 6:1)
B. The Midianites were so cruel that Israel hid in caves, mountains and strongholds. (Judges 6:3)
C. All of Israel’s crops and possessions were stolen and destroyed. (Judges 6:3)
D. Israel was reduced to starvation and cried out to the Lord. (Judges 6:6)
- II. God’s Answer to Prayer
A. God sends His angel to call on a man named Gideon who is in hiding. “The Lord is with you mighty man of valor (hero).” (Judges 6:12)
- III. Gideon’s Insecurities (God is not faithful)
A. Where are all the miracles we have heard about?
B. Why has God forsaken us?
C. Why has God given us over to our enemies? (Judges 6:13)
- IV. Gideon’s Excuses
A. “How can I save Israel, my clan (tribe) is the weakest in Manasseh.” (Judges 6:15)
B. “I am the least in my family.” Who in the world am I? (Judges 6:15)
- V. God Can Use an Unsure, Insecure, Fearful Person
A. “The Lord turned to Gideon and said, ‘Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you.’” (Judges 6:14)
B. “The Lord answered, ‘I will be with you and you will strike down all the Midianites together.’” (Judges 6:16)
C. What God sees and what we see are usually two different things. How many will believe God today?
- VI. Gideon’s Victory – God’s Plan
A. God tells Gideon to go up against 135,000 Midianites with 32,000 men.
B. Then God says to let all of the fearful go home. That left 10,000.
C. God sends home an additional 9,700, just in case they think they are going to get the glory for this victory. This leaves 300 men to fight the 135,000 Midianites.
D. God gave Gideon the vision and plan and Gideon leads the Lord’s army to defeat impossible odds. Israel is set free.
- VII. What can we learn from Gideon’s life?