There is a remarkable dialog in Judges 7 between God and Gideon. In chapter 6, God told Gideon “I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”” (Judges 6:16). The analogy that God used did not quite calculate with Gideon, so he assembled 32,000, no doubt thinking that the more men he put into the battle the better.
God takes Gideon through a very instructive process that reduces the numbers from 32,000 down to 300 or 99.1% were let go. What General in his right mind would do this? We must carefully examine the elements of this reduction and why.
> The first reduction of 22,000 was based on whether they were “fearful and trembling” (7:3). Solomon said, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” (Proverbs 29:25).
> The second reduction of 9,700 was based on how the men drank water. Those who acted like a dog drinks water were set aside, leaving 300 men who followed God-given instinct using their hands.
God is not concerned with numbers, but with the character that will reflect Himself. Paul makes this point clear: “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power” (2 Corinthians 10:4). “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).
There are spiritual battles we face today that cannot be won with the flesh. Are you willing to let God form His character in you and reduce everything of human reliance so He can display His power in and through you?
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