Preacher: Rev James Muriithi Kaniaru
Message: Am I not with you?
Readings: Judges 6:1-16, James 1:2-8
At times we get used to facing problems and tend to think that is the way life should be.
From the first reading, the Israelites had sinned against God and He gave them over to the Midianites who tormented them for seven years.
The Isrealites even run away from their homes and hide in caves and clefts.
The good thing about the people of God is that even when they are very far away from God, they get to a point where they remember God and turn to him.
Therefore in the midst of the torment, the Isrealites cried unto God.
God appeared to Gideon in his ordinary works and told him that he was the one to deliver the Israelites.
Gideon however had many questions to ask God. He asked God why all that had happened to the Israelites.
Gideon also wondered how he could save Israelites because he saw himself as being unable to do so.
Gideon also told God that he came from the weakest family of the weakest clan in Israel.
God commanded him to go with the strength he had and save the Israelites.
God uses what you have to bless you.
Even us today, we find ourselves asking questions and wondering whether we can make it in whatever we want to achieve.
In Judges 7, we see how God selected a small team of men to save Israelites.
God told Gideon to allow those who had fear to go home amd those who drank water like dogs and used the remaining small number of fighters to save Israelites.
In the second reading, James tells us not to doubt about what we pray or ask from God.
God has power and therefore lets not doubt and lets not be double minded bit have faith in God.
Trials and Temptations
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
6 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites.
2 Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds.
3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. 4 They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys.
5 They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it.
6 Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.
7 When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian,
8 he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
9 I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land.
10 I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”
11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)