Judges 7:2 “The Lord said to Gideon, ‘You have too many men for Me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against Me that her own strength has saved her.’” (NIV)
The story of Gideon and the Midianites teaches a valuable spiritual principle. Our culture expects you to be independent, to be prepared for what comes your way, and to do whatever is necessary to complete the task that lies ahead of you. Gideon prepared for battle with Midian by gathering 32,000 men. When Gideon sought God in preparation for battle, God directed him contrary to what the culture and his self-instincts told him to do. Instead of increased armies and brilliant direction, God told Gideon to go to battle with only 300 men, trumpets, empty jars and torches with which to fight. God wanted Gideon to not rely upon himself and his men to save him, but to rely upon God. God’s direction put Gideon at a crossroads that would determine whether he could trust God or trust in his own power and strength. Psalm 44:6 says, “I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory.” Gideon’s 32,000 men were already outnumbered by the Midianites. There was no way he was going survive with only 300 men unless Psalm 44:7 was true – “You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame.” Gideon believed in God enough that he left most of his men behind and went to battle with only 300 men knowing that their success was totally in God’s hand. Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.” Every day you face challenges that require you to trust God or to trust yourself. These do not come easy, but those acts of faith do come easier when they are made out of an intimate relationship with Christ. Are you pursuing Christ daily in the Bible, prayer, and desperately committing every act of your life to Him? Hebrews 5:7 says, “During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One Who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.” Pursue God intimately and you will answer Jesus as Thomas did in John 11:16 – “Then Thomas said to the rest of the disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with Him.’” It will only be when you live all out for Jesus that you experience His maximum peace, love, abundance, and work. Choose to trust God with your battles!!
Psalm 44:8 “God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your name forever.” (NIV)