We continue from last week in Judges 6:17, where Gideon starts off in asking the Lord to give him a sign to verify if it’s truly the Lord speaking to him. He, then, proceeds to ask the Lord to wait because he wants to bring his offering. Gideon prepares and presents everything exactly the way the Lord asks him to. The Lord then consumes the offering and vanishes. Gideon realizes he saw the angel of the Lord face to face and is assured by him that he will not die. He, then, builds an altar for the Lord. What an amazing confirmation! It can’t get any better than that. What would your reaction be if you experienced this?
What I love about the Lord is that He will give you a revelation/promise. Then, He just doesn’t allow you to enter it, unless HE KNOWS you’re ready. If you’re not, He’ll train you step by step until the time is right. Then he provides everything to bring you through it.
That night the Lord asks Gideon to destroy the altar of Baal and the Asherah. He’s afraid to do it during the day and so he waits to do it at night. The next morning, when the people see all that is done, they want to kill Gideon, but God protects and saves his life. God uses his father, Joash, to speak wisdom about the situation. The beginning of the battle commences.
Gideon proceeds to gather men from various Isrealite tribes. He’s doubtful the Lord will deliver Israel by his hand and so he asks Him for additional confirmation. The Lord goes along and fulfills what Gideon asks.
When doubt is in us, it can take a serious affect of our thinking process and even allow us to think irrationally. God knows this and He doesn’t get angry with him but is going to show him that when God says it, it will be fulfilled.
Matthew 9:36-38 (AMP)
36When He saw the throngs, He was moved with pity and sympathy for them, because they were bewildered (harassed and distressed and dejected and helpless), like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then He said to His disciples, The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.
The Lord will be patient with us. He understands our insecurities and knows that there are many that want to be in right standing with Him. So, He gives us mercy unlike no other. He will work with us at whatever stage we are in our life. Gideon may have been insecure and some may call him a coward, but he was willing to be used by God.
There is so much work to do for the Lord but there are few that consider living for Him. For those few that do decide are given so much more than the others. The beauty of living for the Lord, is the excitement that comes with the task.
Gideon has gathered his people to fight against the Midianites. He has more than enough to wipe them out. But what does God say?
Judges 7:2 (AMP)
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 boast about themselves against Me, saying, My own hand has delivered me.
It’s not for us to receive the glory in any aspect of our life. When that happens, we get boastful, proud, and arrogant. We forget about the one Being who got us here in the first place – The Lord.
So the process of elimination of 32,000 men begins; God leaves 300 men to fight with Gideon.
That night, God tells Gideon to go down where the Midianites are camping and to listen to what they’re saying. Again, we see God’s mercy upon Gideon as He tells him that if he fears to go down to the Midianites by himself, he can take his servant, Purah. God asks him to hear what the Midianites are saying so that he could be encouraged. So, he goes down with Purah.
Judges 7:12 (AMP)
And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the sons of the east lay along the valley like locusts for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand on the seashore for multitude.
Let’s imagine! In the Spirit, God is telling Gideon one thing but he’s seeing with his own eyes the multitudes. He has ONLY 300 men to fight against this massive battalion!
He listens to a man telling his dream to his comrade. Gideon is given yet another confirmation that the Israelites will win the battle. Gideon runs back to his people and tells them to arise and get ready. He gives everyone instructions on what to do and everyone obeys the command given.
Judges 7:20 (AMP)
And the three companies blew the trumpets and shattered the pitchers, holding the torches in their left hands, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow [leaving no chance to use swords], and they cried, The sword for the Lord and Gideon!
God made it impossible for man to take credit for this battle
This story is amazing because it shows us the hand of God in action on the possibilities of the impossibilities and the obedience of one man to save his people. That’s all it takes one person; like you and me, to shake the world.
God caused confusion as the 300 men blew their trumpets and caused the enemy to attack themselves and flee.
Gideon went from a “who am I?” status to being wanted by the people to be King of Israel. Gideon knew that he had an assignment not a placement to be king and so he fulfilled his task. We can be assured his life was completely changed by allowing God to use him in an important role during the Judges.
As we conclude the story of Gideon, let’s pray for ourselves not to doubt His Word and to move when the Lord tells us to. Let’s not look at the surrounding, our current life and situation, but what is God saying who we are in Christ.