Personal Meditation or Discussion Prompts:
1. When the people finally got into such a state of desperation and thus finally cried out to God (Judges 6:1-6), He did not immediately reply with rescue, but rather a call to obedience again. How does that make you feel?
2. Heroes in Scripture seem to have been lucky in that the meaning of their name also seemed to reveal their true spiritual nature. “Gideon” means “warrior,” for example. So what’s your true spiritual name and nature? Ask someone (who loves God and who loves you) for help in discerning your true spiritual name and nature.
3. The first thing God asks of Gideon is to literally tear down the altars of his idolatry. What is more central to your life than God? What stands in the way between you and Him? Who can you ask for help and accountability, and what specifically will you do to tear it down from your life permanently?
4. God is asking me to serve Him and the Kingdom and the Church. Do I know what that service is? What is at the heart of my reluctance and hesitation? Whom can I ask to help me take my next steps into obedience and joy?
5. Doesn’t it seem in Scripture like God asked really big and scary things from both individuals and His nation? So what is He asking of Pathways? What specific part of that big scary goal is He asking of you? Will you say yes in faith and in obedience? Will you allow yourself to receive the joy of seeing Him work through you to accomplish significant things? Reflect on Psalm 46.