Use God's Strength

July 17th, 2011
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Judges 3:15-25, 29-30

The United Kingdom edition of the magazine GQ recently released an interview it conducted with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. He confessed that in 2007, at the ripe old age of seventeen, he “became reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff.” While Radcliffe did not quite hit rock bottom, he appears to have seen it coming. After realizing that he had a problem and needed help, Radcliffe (now twenty-one) prefers quiet times with friends and family over the raucous party life that he could live. He shared that he has not had a drink in almost a year, telling the magazine, “There’s no shame in enjoying a quiet life, and that’s been the realization of the past few years for me. I’d just rather sit at home and read, or go out to dinner with someone, or talk to someone I love, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh.” Of course, with the sun now setting on Harry Potter, some are wondering how this young man will deal with the lack of limelight.

The Israelites were headed in a downward spiral themselves. Looking around, they realized that their choices had brought them close to destruction. The Bible tells us that they then cried out to God, and God sent Ehud to help them (Judges 3:15). Just like Daniel Radcliffe, the Israelites came to a point where they realized they had a problem. That was the first step. While we do not have any details about Mr. Radcliffe’s moment of clarity, God shares with us what the Israelites did: They asked God for help, and God brought them victory over their oppressors (3:30). Each of us faces our own series of problems that we have brought upon ourselves by our poor choices. But we all have the same, awesome higher power to turn to: our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Admit you are powerless over your sin, trust God for the strength to overcome it, and you will.

  1. Have you seen any of the Harry Potter films? If so, what do you think about them? Why, do you think, are they so popular?
  2. Why did the Israelites keep making wrong choices? Do you think twenty-first-century people do any better?
  3. Think about a time when you realized you were moving in the wrong direction, away from God, or of a time when you truly hit rock bottom. Take a moment to thank God for being there with you. If you feel comfortable doing so, share part or all of the story with your class.
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