Then the Lord said to Gideon, “There are too many people with you for Me to hand over Midian to them, otherwise Israel will boast [about themselves] against Me, saying, ‘My own [a]power has rescued me.’ – Judges 7:2
So the plans for Operation Smash-Midian are under way. But right from the beginning we see that this is not going to be an ordinary fight! Gideon has rounded up all the men he can find and they are still woefully short on numbers. In all 32,000 men are willing to put their lives on the line to help deliver Israel. Midian had 135,000 fighting men, so each Israelite would have to take out roughly four Midianites for there to be victory. Pretty long odds you would think and Gideon has reason to be more than a little anxious. You can probably imagine his surprise then, when the Lord finally speaks to him saying ‘Gideon, you’ve got way too many men!’ Have such words ever been heard before going into a battle? What war has there ever been when being hopelessly outnumbered, the word goes forth to cut the numbers down yet again? In the natural it seems absurd! In the spiritual it is the very thing God wants to teach us
God’s power is enough to win in any conflict. All spiritual victories occur because of God’s power and not because of ours. The Scripture says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18. Whether it be Gideon and his battle or ourselves and our salvation, the power for success is God’s.
You might be one of those who feels that you have little to offer God – whether that be time, or spiritual gifting, or money – this is not meant in any way to excuse you from giving to God from what you have, little as that may seem to you. Indeed, this should be a great encouragement to you to give what little you have to God, knowing that with Him, less is more, and that God’s glorified by making much of little. He does this to show His power and to promote His glory.
Our weakness is to display the greatness of God. I’ll be content with loss, suffering, problems, and pain because it continues to move me to depend on the Lord. Without these things I would depend on myself, stealing glory away from the Lord to myself that God alone deserves. God gives us the strength we need for life when we depend completely upon him. When we are weak, then we are strong. We must accept our weakness. We must appreciate our helplessness. We must find our joy in our weaknesses because only then are we depending on the power of our Lord. Let God be the one who strengthens your faith. This is why Jesus said that those who are blessed and belong to the kingdom of our Lord are those who are “poor in spirit”. Don’t forget who you were.
- God’s Response to a Cry for Help (fellowshiproom.org)