Our peace - Bible Studies for Life for March 25 2018

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    Bible Studies for Life
    March 25 2017
    Dave Johnston 
    Judges 6:11-16 22-24 (CSB)

    One of the great challenges we face today is cynicism. We rarely trust anyone. We question everyone around us. Our news outlets are lying to us and social media are all over the place.

    When we go through difficult times we quickly become pessimistic and negative.

    Gideon which means “hacker” was threshing wheat in a winepress in order to hide from the Midianites when “the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said: ‘The Lord is with you mighty warrior” (Judg. 6:12).

    Most of us know Gideon became a “mighty warrior” the Lord defeated the Midianites and Gideon did hack down an altar to Baal. But in Judges 6 Gideon was focused on his current circumstances. He said “If the Lord is with us then why has all this happened? … But now the Lord has abandoned us …” (Judg. 6:13). He said his family was weak and he was young (Judg. 6:15).

    The Midianites were known nomads yet they settled in the land causing the Israelites to live nomadically. This was not the way it was supposed to be going.

    Gideon was a cynic. Everything he said was true but he had no perspective. His tone was whiny. He probably should have just remained a “hacker” instead of a strong warrior.

    The Lord’s response is one of the greatest truths in all of Scripture. He said “But I will be with you” (Judg. 6:16). Gideon was the only judge to be called by God “face to face” (Judg. 6:22). When we face cynicism when we forget the ways God has worked in our past because we are so focused on our present issues we need to be reminded that the LORD is with us.

    Gideon built an altar and called it Yahweh-shalom meaning “The LORD is Peace.” He is with us. In Ephesians 2:14 and Colossians 1:20 we are reminded that Christ is our peace.

    How can the peace of Christ help us in our present circumstances? How can the Lord’s presence help our cynicism? What are some creative ways we can remember what God has done in our past?