I love the story of Gideon. Yesterday we learned he thought himself a nobody. But God sent him to deliver Israel from the Midianites. So, Gideon called together all the men for war. He had 32,000 men to face the vast army of Midian. We’re not sure how large the Midianite army was. They’re described as so numerous, you couldn’t even count their camels.
The story picks up in Judges 7:2-4, “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, announce now to the people, “Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.”’ So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
But the LORD said to Gideon, ‘There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there. If I say, “This one shall go with you,” he shall go; but if I say, “This one shall not go with you,” he shall not go.’” (NIV)
After God sifts them, Gideon is left with 300 men to face a vast army. Impossible odds, but they are victorious through God’s power! You really should read the story!
But more than that, remember that anytime you are doing the work God has commanded you to do, the odds don’t matter. Because the power comes from him!
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