Devotion based on Judges 7:1-25

Gideon must be in shock when God told him to reduce or send most of his army home, just before the battle against the Midianites started. It was a great test of trust for Gideon. His army of 32,000 men was already over-matched by at least 135,000 Midianites. Yet, God still commanded Gideon to send most of them home. So,from 32,000 reduced to 10,000 then finally to only 300 men remained, after God put them through series of tests.

In whichever way you look at it, when you look at their circumstances, it is overwhelming. It just doesn’t look like there’s any way in the world they can pull it off. And God made sure they understood that there’s no way they could win this battle with their own strength and abilities.

(Judges 7:2) God explained to Gideon His purpose for allowing him such a small army to battle the physically and numerically superior Midianites. He was not about to allow Israel to be able to boast that their own strength had given them the victory. The honor and glory should go to God and God alone.

Pride can hinder us from acknowledging who is the actual giver of victory in our lives. It is very easy for us to take the credit for what really is God’s doing. When in a matter of fact, it is only by God’s grace and mercy we go through it all. He is the giver of the very breath we breathe. So what makes us think we can boast in anything, when everything belongs to God in the first place?

When we read about Gideon’s story, we might be tempted to think the other way too. What is the point of giving our best then? Or let’s just do the minimum for God will do the rest anyway, right?
No, that is not what this lesson is about at all. Do not let this be an excuse to be lazy or doing things halfheartedly. Gideon still prepared the army. He called up on them and they came with all their gears and were ready for battle. But the main thing we need to focus on is that God is the real force behind what we do. Without Him, we can do nothing.

(2 Cor 12:9) “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. When we understand and recognize this truth, God will be able to use us more effectively just as the story of Gideon and his small band of army.