“God you give strength to my heart. You are everything I will ever need.” Psalm 73:26b
This week in CommunityKids, we heard the story of Gideon and his call to be a warrior for the Lord. We learned that Gideon was threshing in a wine-press to hide the wheat from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon. He said, “Mighty warrior, the Lord is with you.” “But sir,” Gideon replied, “you say the Lord is with us. Then why has all of this happened to us?” The angel said to Gideon, “Listen to what God wants to say to you. God says, ‘Go! You are strong! Save My people from their enemies. Stop the enemies from taking all of My people’s food. You can do it Gideon. This is a special job for you. I will help you.’” God helped Gideon be brave.
Is God calling you to do something that feels just as scary? Is He drawing you to a challenge that feels dangerous? Gideon’s story gives courage to all us ‘fraidy cats. God’s presence with us and His faithfulness to us is our source of courage. “When I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3).
Here are some ideas for you to do with your children at home or at Community Groups.
Collect leaves from an oak tree (or any tree) and make a tree picture. The angel of God came and sat under an oak tree to visit with Gideon. As you are working together, try and imagine yourself talking with the angel of God under a tree. Ask your child: “How would you feel if you saw an angel of God sitting under a tree? What would you say to the angel of God?”
Pray & Praise
God helped Gideon be brave and He helps us, too. Think of some ways God has helped your family this week or in the past month. Remember to thank Him for those things. Sing a song of thanks together before you go on with your day.
Out & About
Pack up a lunch, grab a blanket and go on a picnic together! Find a big tree in your yard or in the park and spread out your picnic under the tree. While you are eating, talk about the Bible story and Gideon’s visit from the angel of God. God wanted to help Gideon, so He sent His angel to remind Gideon that He was with him and would make him strong.
Have fun together building an altar by using blocks, boxes, or Lego’s. Explain to your child that an altar is a special place where people go to worship God. Say, “Gideon built an altar under the big oak tree. That was the place he wanted to worship and praise God for helping him and making him strong. God helped Gideon be brave and God can help you, too.”