Have No Fear - Trust Me

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Could You Defeat a Huge Army of nearly one million men with only 300 Warriors?

This is the story of Gideon, not known to be a particularly courageous or powerful man, who was told by God that he would be sent to fight the Midianites (a fierce and powerful nation) and save the Israeli people. Gideon had all the fears we may face today and God reduced him to almost total helplessness to show how, even in the darkest of situations, we can trust God to provide a wonderful future for us. That is a Promise of God.


Trusting God Naturally

In Work, Even in Play -  In God We Trust
In Work, Even in Play - In God We Trust | Source

It’s not always easy to trust God

Maybe we have never seen God act in our life in the past. Maybe we face a situation that seems impossible to fix or overcome. We just don’t know what to do and we don’t know what it means to rely on God. Most often the thing to do is to stop going around in circles and just get quiet. It is then we may “hear from God.” He may direct us to do something that seems outrageous and absolutely impossible for us to do.

This is when we need to trust God even when it’s the hardest thing in the world to do.

Placing concern for our daily needs in God's hands is part of what it means to have a strong relationship with God. We should not be afraid or anxious when we face troubles or overwhelming circumstances. God does know we need certain things to live a Godly life. And he knows we sometimes need help when we face grief, sickness, heartache, financial loss, temptations or trials.


Overwhelming Odds

Gideon is terrified by God's task of destroying a huge army with only a few soldiers of his own
Gideon is terrified by God's task of destroying a huge army with only a few soldiers of his own | Source

Gideon had the same fears and questions we do – here is his story

Gideon is a man from the bible, his story is one of many in Judges 6-8. The point of the story is to demonstrate just how far we can trust God to help us through what look like hopeless situations. When God calls upon us it may be to show others just how powerful and faithful he is. He will usually choose a person who is poor or shy or otherwise the least likely person to handle a job God has asked him to take on. God will then take away from this person all the things most people think are absolutely required to succeed in the situation.

When a person is seen to have no possible way to accomplish God's task, he or she will succeed in an incredible and very miraculous way.

This is what God wants to show us: We can trust God to help us through anything this world throws at us.


An angel of God speaks to Gideon about the 'impossible task' he has for Gideon
An angel of God speaks to Gideon about the 'impossible task' he has for Gideon | Source

In Judges 6-8 NIV, an angel of God appeared to Gideon and said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” (It was unusual for Gideon to be called a “mighty warrior” because he was so definitely not.) Gideon looked up from his work and replied, “Pardon me, my lord, but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us?

God had brought the Israelites up out of Egypt and promised Gideon’s ancestors many wonders. But, since that time the Israelites had abandoned God and worshiped many idols. God gave them much time to return to him but when they didn’t, he turned Gideon’s people over to the Midians who had done everything possible to destroy them.

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” (Gideon was the least likely in his entire clan to save Israel.)

The LORD answered, I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” (God promised to be with Gideon and to fight his battles for him.)

It was true, God was going to use Gideon to save Israel. (You never know who or what God will use for his purposes and for getting us through very difficult circumstances.)


Gideon's Warriors - 22,000 men go home because they tremble with fear, 10,000 remain to fight
Gideon's Warriors - 22,000 men go home because they tremble with fear, 10,000 remain to fight | Source
God tells Gideon to reduce his army even further,  to 300 men
God tells Gideon to reduce his army even further, to 300 men | Source

God wanted to show Gideon that he could absolutely trust him to protect him and to fight his battles for him.

What better way to do that than to instruct Gideon to reduce his forces and then go out and defeat the Midianites.

The Midianites had in all a million men. Gideon had around 32,000. The odds against Gideon were frightful. How could he possibly win such a battle. But that was the point!

God told Gideon to tell his men if anyone trembled with fear at the thought of fighting the huge force of Midianites that he should go home. 22,000 of his men left to go home, leaving Gideon with only 10,000 soldiers to fight the huge army of Midianites.

Judges 7:4-7 NLT, But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.

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

Now Gideon’s army looked very small indeed, It seemed like an overwhelming situation, similar to what many of us may face today: How can we possibly overcome the situation in which we find ourselves? It seems impossible.


Gideon learns the huge army of the Midianites fear him because of a dream sent by God to one of them
Gideon learns the huge army of the Midianites fear him because of a dream sent by God to one of them | Source

Gideon was really struggling with his trust in God to overcome the tremendous odds against victory for his small battalion of warriors.

God kindly gave him another small insight into the outcome of this battle. He told Gideon to go down to where the Midianites were camping and quietly listen. One of the Midianites told another he had just had a dream where a loaf of bread had come rolling down the hillside and knocked over all the tents in their camp. The other man said that this was a sign that Gideon would destroy them, killing every one of them. The two men were extremely fearful because this dream told them Gideon had God on his side.

Now Gideon knew God had promised to help, and he was willing to obey every word God spoke to him.


Army Chain of Command - US Military today
Army Chain of Command - US Military today | Source
Following God's instructions, Gideon's very small group of men take their torches, their trumpets and their clay pots.
Following God's instructions, Gideon's very small group of men take their torches, their trumpets and their clay pots. | Source
Gideon gives the signal and his warriors blow trumpets and raise their torches high.
Gideon gives the signal and his warriors blow trumpets and raise their torches high. | Source

The Carefully Orchestrated Attack

Trumpets, pitchers, and torches don’t sound like powerful weapons to us today. Especially when employed by a very small battalion against an extremely large, army of enemy soldiers. (See chart to right for the size of a battalion compared to the size of an army.) →

According to God’s instructions, Gideon gave each man a trumpet to blow at the time of attack and to carry an empty pitcher with a burning torch hidden inside the pitcher. So with the trumpets in one hand, and pitchers in the other hand, Gideon and his 300 brave soldiers marched quietly down the mountain slope toward the enemy’s camp. Then they waited for Gideon’s signal.

The Midianites, except their watchmen, were sleeping soundly. At midnight, Gideon gave his signal. When his soldiers heard his trumpet they all blew a loud, long blast and yelled on every side of the camp. And the soldiers broke their pitchers revealing the torches inside. The cacophony of sound from the trumpets was so loud and the huge glare of light from the torches was so bright the Midianites were convinced that Gideon had come with a great army and would kill every one of them if they did not escape immediately.


The Victory Belongs to God

Gideon and his 300 warriors defeat the huge army of Midianites
Gideon and his 300 warriors defeat the huge army of Midianites

The Amazing Victory

The Midianites, believing that Gideon’s army was so huge, ran through the darkness, stumbling over each other, and falling upon each other’s swords.

The great Midianite army was destroyed and Gideon won a battle against very high odds!







Against All Odds - You Win with God
Against All Odds - You Win with God | Source

Moral of the Story of Gideon

  • God chose the least likely person for an important task.
  • God reduced Gideon's power and resources to the point where he was virtually helpless in the situation.

  • Gideon prayed for help then listened for God’s instructions.
  • Even with all his doubts, Gideon trusted that God would look after all his needs no matter how impossible the situation.
  • God set up the circumstance to show that Gideon couldn't possibly win so that Gideon couldn’t brag about the victory.

  • God got all the glory for this victory.

Deuteronomy 3:22 NIV

Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you.



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Have No Fear — Trust Me

Even the stars in the universe provide us with a unique perspective of God's eternal help with our battles and his promise to always be with us . . . even to the ends of the universe.

You may like to go to Hubble Heritage and view the short video of the new star forming in Section 106, from the magnificent death of another star.

To The Ends of the Earth - Hillsong

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Comments 12 comments

Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Maralexa,

It is good to see you again on hubpages.

Your hub gives me food for thought and comfort. I have been feeling stressed and then I recently learned that a childhood friend died from cancer.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi Sueswan. I am so sorry for the loss of your childhood friend. I hope you find comfort in having known the person and can share your feelings with kindred souls.

Thank you for commenting on my article. It is my way of reminding myself that no matter how big the problem looks or how few the resources I have myself, I will get through difficult times and obstacles.

You are not alone. So many of us feel the same way. Thanks for noticing that I was away for quite awhile.

Maralexa


El Ray 4 years ago

Hi Maralexa! I truly enjoyed reading this awesome hub article. The story of Gideon is one of my favorites and is such an awesome example of God's power and ability to deliver His people. Voted up + awesome!


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

An inspiring story and very well explained maralexa. Thank you.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

El Ray - I so agree with you about God's power and willingness to fight our battles for us if we will let him. But the amount of faith and trust in God that we must have to put ourselves and others completely in his hands and do as he says - that's the absolutely awesome part.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi poshcoffeeco! Thanks for reading and commenting, I really do appreciate your taking the time.

I thought I might find a niche in this area of writing. (As you mention in your hubs) but the genre is not as attractive to readers as I wish. So I will continue to write these articles for my own (and hopefully others) enjoyment.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

A powerful and uplifting message my friend. We are never alone in this life; it's' a message that took me quite a long time to learn and I'm so glad I finally did. Thank you for this reminder.

bill


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi billybuc

I have learned that God works through other people so I have learned to seek help from others. Not easy for someone not experienced with trust. But results are absolutely amazing.

Last week I mentioned to some friends, who were discussing computers, that I really needed a new computer. PC not laptop, etc. Yesterday, a friend of a friend of mine sent me a computer!!! New monitor, keyboard, mouse.

This may not be a big deal to many but for me an outstanding event! I love this life and the many, many great people in it.

Thanks for your comments.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

These are very encouraging words. Everything is possible if you just believe. thanks for sharing.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Good to meet you lovedoctor926. It's hard to believe in something outside of yourself. But what a difference it can make in one's life.

Thanks for your comments.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Maralexa - You sure know your Bible stories. It is a wondrous task to compare yourself to Gideon. You told the story with good organization, very easy so follow with vivid photos. Sometimes I have to say "I'm strong" on days that I feel week, somewhat similar to this story. It is very inspirational.Sometimes it is difficult. I need to have the faith of Gideon and your own example in the back of my mind. Keep the faith.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi brakel2. Thank you for sharing your comments.

This story inspires me too. When things look the bleakest I often wait and look to see what will happen next. God helps us through other people and when everything looks as if it is against me, someone will come forward with something. I never belittle what that something is -- I know it comes from God. Whatever that something is, it is usually the next thing I need to achieve success in the direction I am going.

I call these little things that others may bring to me "cosmic cookies." It may be something they say that reminds me of something else, it may be a small gift that makes all the difference in the world, or it may be their help with something.

Whenever I am struggling with something and need some major help, I meet with friends or speak to them on the phone. I don't speak about my problem but just listen to what they have to say. Something special for me always comes.

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