Who Will Fight Your Battles?
Posted: Wednesday, April 26
Verse of the day:
“The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.” (Judges 7:2)
I am not a military strategy expert but I would assume that good military strategy involves ensuring that you have more soldiers and weaponry than your enemy—not less. But less is what God told Gideon to go to battle with. Much less. Through a series of tests God shaved Gideon’s army down from 32,000 to 300 men.
What I find remarkable is that Gideon trusted God to do that. This is the same Gideon that just a chapter earlier is hiding in a winepress saying, “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”(Judges 6:13) Gideon could have said no to God’s plan of shaving down his army. He could have attacked the Midianites with his full army. In the natural this plan didn’t make any sense. In the natural it looked like a suicide mission. But Gideon made the decision to trust God and God fought the battle for him.
We all face battles and opposition in our lives. In those moments we have to choose whether we are going to use our own wisdom and efforts to try to overcome or if we are going to trust God to fight our battles. Will you trust God to fight for you?