Thursday - September 22, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 17:32-58
Many people consider 1 Samuel 17 as the “underdog story.” A small shepherd boy named David used the power of God to defeat the nine-foot giant, Goliath. However, even before that, the Bible provides us with a story that is equally against the odds. In Judges 7, we find Gideon with his men standing above the valley of the Midianites camp. The odds were 300 of the good guys versus roughly 135,000 of the bad guys. In each of their hands was a torch, a pitcher, and a trumpet. As the Israelites prepared for battle, their instructions were simple: Look at Gideon, and do as he did. The men did just that! When Gideon blew his trumpet, smashed his pitcher and shouted, they followed suit. The result? The good guys won! But how? Of course, God was on their side, and 1 + God can defeat any army.
However, there was also something else important to note. When Gideon provided them with the mark to begin the battle, the Scripture says, “Every man stood in his place” (Judges 7:21). Translation: everyone did exactly as they were supposed to do! Let that be a lesson to us within the church. There is not foe that is so great, not a task that is too large, nor a problem that is too big to overcome when we, as the body of Christ, stand in our place and do what we know we should do.
Application: Discuss something you could have done but we're too afraid of the result to even try.