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From 22000 to 300

Posted: Friday, April 27

 Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Judges 7:1-8:17
Luke 23:13-43
Psalm 97:1-98:9
Proverbs 14:7-8

Verse of the day:   

  “The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” (Judges 7:7)

More is better, Right? I have never been in a battle but I would think that if you were going to have to fight then you would want as many people on your side as possible. Gideon’s head had to be swimming. Just a few days before thousands of Israelites has enlisted for the battle. And then, by listening to the leading of God, he went from thousands to only 300. Well actually 301 and that one would make all the difference.


Have you ever heard from God and his task was something that seemed so outrageous that it looked as if God was trying to destroy you? Did you ever feel God leading you to do something so risky that if he did not come through you were finished? That is exactly where Gideon found himself. He was on the brink of war, but how long would it take for such a large army to kill only 300 men?


When I was in college I had spent two summers working full time at my home church as the youth pastor and on the weekends I cleaned the church. It was a job with long hours but steady income. It was a great summer setup to make as much money as I could, doing what I loved. So when I approached the final summer, between my junior and senior year, I felt God leading me to step out in faith and intern for a church where I would:

1. Live in a one room apartment in the church

2. Get paid only $50 a week and

3. Would not live at home.

So, my expenses would be higher than the past summers and my income at a fourth. It was a LONG Summer. I never went hungry and never begged for gas in my car, but I did not have any extra.


At the end of the summer the church generously took up an offering and sent my school $1000. I was surprised to get such a gift, but was shocked to find out that the school counted it as a scholarship and thus it meant my student loan amount was reduced by half. How was I going to pay for school when I could only borrow half the money? I was going from thousands to hundreds quickly.


To make a long story a bit shorter, when I graduated that fall, not only was all of my bill paid, but because of the reduction of loan amount I qualified for, I owed significantly less than I would if I had borrowed the full amount, saving me thousands long term. It is always better to let God be the biggest one in your army. He fights for us even we don’t know that the battle is coming. When your supply goes from a lot to a little, make sure that the biggest ONE you have is God. He is always enough.