Read Judges 7
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Scripture- Judges 7:2-3- The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight.
Observations- Perhaps Gideon wasn’t feeling quite so bad about taking on the enemies of Israel with 32,000 warriors assembled to fight against them, but God had other plans. Only 10,000 were left after Gideon followed God’s directions by inviting all who really didn’t want to be there to head on home, but the Lord felt like that was still too many soldiers. 300 was just the right number. Why? God wanted the Israelites to be clear who had given them the victory. Self-sufficiency always threatened to get in the way of relying on God. The sufficiency of God to meet their needs was an ongoing lesson to be learned by the people of God.
Application- Sometimes our own strengths can get in the way of our ability to trust God, because we begin to rely too much on our own ability, cunning, and resources. We forget that any strength or resource we have is simply a gift from God to be honored and used for His glory. We get self-sufficient, begin to feel entitled to success, and we can forget to turn to God for the help we need or we fail to give God credit for His help. We need to
guard against the temptation to trust in our own power. If we only have goals, as individuals and as a church, that are achievable without the supernatural intervention of God, then our goals aren’t nearly big enough. We need eyes to see the Glory Sightings He sends our way!
Prayer- Thank You, Lord, for Glory Sightings that would go unseen if I trusted in my own strength. I thank You for times when I feel hopeless and helpless, because it means I turn to You with nowhere else to turn. Your have done and promise to do more then I can ask or imagine, which makes me grateful. Please don’t ever let me or New Hope settle for self-sufficiency! We need Your strength and Your power! Inspire us and lead us forward in ways that keep surprising and delighting us. Amen.
“God’s grace is sufficient. Our weakness is made perfect in God’s power,” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
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