Gideon has risen early.
He and his men have positioned themselves ready to battle the Midianites.
And the Lord said to Gideon,
“The people who are with you
are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands,
lest Israel claim glory for itself
against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’
Judges 7:2 NKJV
Now this, I admit, is not a common strategy among many military leaders.
To say... You simply have too many men.
But then our God, is not a common military strategist.
For He instructs Gideon to proclaim to those with him, those ready for battle...
‘Whoever is fearful and afraid,
let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.
And 22,000 leave.
Now that's a mass exodus.
But I guess Gideon could think the best
and conclude that at least he is left
with the finest and bravest 10,000.
When God continues to speak to him, saying,
The people are still too many...
I mean really God?
About two-thirds of his troops just walked away... and that's not enough?
But Gideon listens.
And Gideon obeys.
He leads these people to the water and watches them drink.
And of those that drink a certain way, God says,
By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you,
and deliver the Midianites into your hand. (v.7)
Because, the Lord desired to show His power,
and His deliverance...
by the few.
For if there had been many backing Gideon,
they may have thought
it was in their own strength and their own might
by which they delivered themselves.
And that's a lesson that is still difficult for me to learn.
Because I so want to always have everything under control.
And I will often wait to start something
simply because I don't have everything I need to accomplish it...
even though I'm pretty certain I heard God tell me to do it.
I want it to be perfect,
to be just so,
to be great... honestly, so I don't disappoint Him.
But He doesn't want me to wait until I get it all perfect.
Because then it will have been all in my own strength...
and I'll find a way, somewhere inside myself
to take the credit for it.
Even if I hadn't originally planned on it.
But when God tells us to do something,
He never expects us to have it all together!
And if we do,
most likely, He will ask us to get rid of some of the good stuff...
like He did with Gideon.
From 32,000 men, to 300.
That left him with 1% of where he started.
That was certainly a measure of faith.
1 part man... 99 parts God.
I would wager, that most of our life has been that way.
Only we just don't realize it yet...
how very small our controlled contribution has been
compared to all that He has done for us.
Word of God... train me, today...
to move into action when I hear You call, even if I don't have it all together,
to remove my pride and replace it with my faith to give God all the glory.
for speaking words of action
into and through Gideon's life.
Thank You for the faith
You gave him
that he could serve You
in such a mighty and faithful way.
Help me to remember
that Your victories
take our 1% forward movement,
propelled by Your 99% power.
Let my life reflect
less of me,
and more of You.
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