And you know why you don't feel like you can make a
difference? You know why you don't feel like you can change the world? Because
you've been watching way too many Olympics this month. Okay, that's what
happened to you, all right? We just watched way too many Olympic games, we
stayed up way too late watching games, we didn't know existed, watching these
peak athletes at the prime of their careers breaking records, winning gold
medals and in our impression, changing the world and then we stayed up too late
watching the Olympics, we went to bed, we woke up and we looked in the mirror.
Well, not really an Olympian, I don't think I can really
make an impact, I don't think I can make a difference. But we're gonna talk
about the fact that the opposite is true, everyone listening to me today at
every campus, over the Internet, you can impact God's world. I'm gonna ask you
to turn to your Bibles to the Book of Judges, if you don't have a Bible at
every campus, you have a worship guide, I'd encourage you to turn to that and
find the key text for the day, also a place you can follow along and take notes
if you'd like to.
How to Have Hope in a Hopeless Situation
As you're finding Judges, just a little bit of background,
we're gonna meet a guy named Gideon today. And Gideon really felt like many of
us. He didn't feel like he could change the condition of the people around him.
And he had good reasons for that because his people, the Israelite's, had
decided to go their own way, to disobey God.
And they were enduring the consequences of those choices.And God hand of Blessing was off of his people, and they had really found theMedianites coming into their territory, terrorizing them. And this is a dark time in the whole history of Israel. And a discouraging time in thelife of Gideon, and in the middle of all of this God comes to Gideon in his dark days and his discouraging state, and tells Gideon he is gonna be the one to rescue the people.
How to Find purpose in Life
He is gonna be the one to change their lives. Gideon is
going be the one to impact God's world. And we'll pick up the story in Judges
chapter six. And look at verse 11 at what Gideon is doing. Now, we find the
angel coming down to talk to him. In the middle of verse 11 we pick up the
Quotes about Hope
It says, Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a wine press to hide, to hide the grain from the Medianites. Verse 12, the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said,mighty hero the Lord is with you. And now let's just stop here. That's funny. Your version might even say, Hail mighty warrior, which means, you're the champion of the battle.
Hail mighty hero, or you can just see Gideon now, can't you? He's hiding in a wine press. And the angel says, you're a mighty hero. And he says, shh, can you keep it down? The Medianites might hear you. I'm trying to hide here. I don't know what you're talking about. I'm just a normal guy.
We are all normal people. God has given us abundant life through his son, Jesus Christ. Because of his free gift of salvation, we can learn how to have hope in a hopeless situation.
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