Wednesday, 4th January 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-10 Men Cry Out to God when they were Greatly Impoverished
In this dark time, God wants us to arise and shine, because staying in darkness can never help us to fulfil the purposes God created us to be. No one wants to stay in the darkness forever, but we often feel more comfortable in the darkness than coming to the light. We must arise and shine for God now, do not wait until the troubles come to us then we cry out to God.
The Israelites departed from God, they did wicked things in God’s eyes, and therefore the enemies came to attack and oppress them. The Israelites were stubborn, they did not give thanks when they had the peace in their land, and they were not alert when their enemies came. Even after the enemies attacked them, they tried to use their own ways to build strongholds and to hide in the cave. They thought they were safe, they did not cry out to God, then all their schemes and plans to defeat the enemies failed.
Don’t cry out to God when it’s too late, God will not give up on us, but when we choose the stay in the cave and stay in the darkness, then we can never see God’s light and His truth.
Section Two V11-21 Men Hid but God did not Give Up
God is always ready to come to our aid, but we need to be willing to let Him take over. He is watching over us and He knows when we do not have peace inside our hearts. God is waiting for us to respond, He wants to have partnership with us, He does not give up on us. Even when we failed and rejected God, He still called us and encouraged us to get up. Stop hiding in our caves and start seeing God is already working.
Gideon saw everything happened around him, but he did not see what God wanted him to see. He had little faith and he doubted God. Gideon tried to face the problems in front of him by his own strength and he did not believe God could help him. He was hiding from God and hiding in his own cave. A lot of time, we would think that God is not with us on the same page, it’s not because God does not know us, but it’s because we are not willing to work with God, we tend to stay in our own miseries and try to work our way out by our own strength. But we are on the wrong track to start with!
God is calling out to us, He does not give up on us, and He can take us out of our troubles. But when God called Gideon, he gave God many excuses, he did not want to respond to God’s calling, and he was afraid. But God did not give up on him, He continued to call out to Gideon and encouraged him not to be afraid.
Section Three V22-40 Men Awake God Gives Peace
God will not lead us to death. When we are willing to arise and shine for Him, then He will give us peace, He will lead us to victory. God does not give up on us, He is our Abba Father, He knows our weaknesses, and He wants to save us.
士师记 6 – 永不放弃的神
二、v.11-21 人在躲避 神不放弃
V13 基甸看见的是当下他周遭发生的事，他想的是那时他们要如何对付米甸人，而不能看见神所看到的 – 神看到的是他的能力。有时我们面对现实，常会以自己身份低微为借口来拒绝接受挑战，然而我们要学习的是信心之父亚伯拉罕，他不用自己的眼睛去看，而是相信神的话语，就称神为耶和华以勒 – 他能供应我们一切所需。
三、v.22-40 人在觉醒 神赐平安