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God is Listening

  • Gary Jones
Date preached April 23, 2021

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Several years ago, polled its readers on what they thought were the greatest upsets in sports history. These were the top 5:

  1. Villanova upsets Georgetown in the NCAA final (1984)
  2. Duke beats UNLV in NCAA tournament semifinal game (1991)
  3. American wrestler Rulon Gardner beats Russian great Alexander Karelin (2000)
  4. No-name Buster Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson (1990)
  5. The Miracle on Ice: The United States beat the Soviet Olympic ice hockey team (1980)

Each one of these upsets were significant and historic. People are still talking about them. But none of these “great” upsets can come close to the upset we’re going to see in God’s word today.

If you have a copy of God’s word, I want to invite you to join me in the book of Judges.

Once you get there, turn to the 6th chapter, because from there, we’re going to be unpacking the story of Gideon and his great army.

Well, that perspective is completely opposite of what you see in the life of Gideon. Not only did he lack faith in himself, he also, at first, lacked faith in God. Yet, Gideon’s story reveals a man who was able to bounce back from being a man of timid faith to becoming a man of fearless faith.

Gideon’s story covers more than two chapters in the book of Judges, and he is known as the greatest of all the judges of Israel.

When we first meet Gideon, he is hiding wheat from Israel’s enemies. He is timid and he’s scared. Let’s just say, at the beginning of Judges chapter 6, Gideon isn’t the man that we think he is.

At this point in Israel’s story, the children of Israel have crossed the Jordan River and have entered into the Promised L …

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