The Battle Is His, The Victory Is Mine
Scripture Text : The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” Judges 7:7
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 and ten thousand remained.
But the Lord said to Gideon, There are still too many men. Take them down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink.”
Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place.”
During that night the Lord said to Gideon, Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.
Gideon prepared his army for battle. Gideon and his small army of 300 men came with torches and trumpets. When they blew their trumpets the Midianites ran and cried out as they fled.
When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. Judges 7:22-25
God intervened and the enemy army got confused and killed their own people with their swords. God gave victory to Gideon and his 300 men.
Friends, Don’t look to the world, the flesh or your own abilities. God wants us to put our confidence in Him. Whatever we accomplish is impossible without Him.
We come across one more such incident in the Bible in 1 Samuel.
Jonathan and his armor-bearer went to fight the Philistines. The philistine army were large in number. But Jonathan and his armor bearer struck down one soldier after another. In just a small patch of ground, the two men killed 20 enemy soldiers. God did something to help these two men.
“Then terror spread in the field camp and among all the people of the outpost, and even the raiding parties were terrified. The earth began quaking, and a terror from God ensued.” 1 Samuel 14 :15
The Israelites struck down the Philistines and God gave them a big victory.
It is neither the number nor the strength nor the weaponry of God’s servants that mattered; it was their faith.
No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. Psalms 33 :16 -17
You may be not strong enough or skilled enough to meet the challenges ahead of you. God alone can help you overcome and defeat the enemy. Despite your weakness and inadequacies God will help you to win.
Paul says, “I can do all this through who gives me strength.” Philippians 4 :13
Gideon and his 300 men were not focused on the enemy’s army and its strength. They put their trust in His power and strength.
God’s power was made perfect in the weakness of the Israelites
God said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
God can strengthen you, too. If you feel too weak for the task He has set before you ask Him to strengthen your faith.
The battle Is His, The Victory Is Mine
God Bless You!