The Lord said to Gideon, “I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites with the three hundred men who lapped the water. Tell everyone else to go home.”” (Judges 7:7, GNB)

Gideon started with 32,000 warriors, but God whittles this down to 300, less than 1% of the army with which Gideon had started.  300 soldiers to take on the whole Midianite Army!  Gideon had not yet learned what Jonathan did understand later in Israel’s history [perhaps because of this very story?].

Jonathan said to the attendant who carried his weapons, “Come on, let’s cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will help us. Nothing can keep the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”” (1 Samuel 14:6, HCSB)

Gideon will indeed defeat the army of Midian with 300 men, or rather to be accurate, God will defeat the army of Midian using Gideon and his 300 men as a prop with which to do it.  I love this story.

These days, we don’t raise up armies of the Lord with which to battle the forces of darkness.  We use spiritual armor like the Word of God and truth and the Holy Spirit.  However, God has not changed.  We will face opposition.  This opposition always includes the spiritual and sometimes it also includes physical forces of whatever kind that oppose us.  Has God’s character changed that he cannot give us victory over whatever force opposes us, be it ever so strong?  Surely the stories of Gideon and Jonathan teach us otherwise.

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