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Week 42 More Than Capable
July 29, 2013
More Than Capable
And the LORD said unto Gideon, "By the three hundred men
that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand:
and let all the other people go every man unto his place."
- Judges 7 :7
There came a time that when the Israelites was greatly oppressed by the Midianites, they came over to the Lord for help. They were in a predicament and were in a bad state that their livelihood was constantly being bothered by their enemies. Their crops lie constantly threatened and there were no peace as they walk by in their work every day. Being unable to take up this problem no more, they ask the Lord to rescue them.
The Lord heard them and as they cried out to him, he sent them a prophet who pointed out to them that this all happened because they wouldn’t listen. They were not obedient to his word. Though, this was the case, the Lord loved them that he called upon one of the Judges written that was in the person of Gideon.
In able to bring back the land that was taken from them, Gideon called upon the men to join him for this purpose. Many joined that it would seem like countless to be described in one’s sight. With the vast number of people at his disposable, one will surely be filled with confidence to win but the Lord knows better.
The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me saying, ’My own hand has saved me’. Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, “Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home and hurry away from Mount Gilead.” Then, 22,000 of the people returned and 10, 000 remained.
However, the Lord still saw that the Gideon’s men were still too many for him to give their enemies into their hand. The Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there”. It was there that the Lord told Gideon by the water that those who drank putting the water into their hands were the ones to be his company in gaining victory for the Lord while those who lap to satisfy their thirst were the ones to return. The enemy camp was below them in the valley and that night, by the Lord’s command they went down to face them.
From a great number of 32,000, the Lord lowered the number by which Gideon shall have his companion in battle to 10,000 and then to just 300 men. The Lord alone is more than capable to give the victory to Gideon but he showed his mighty power that even though they were small in size, there is a big God who is looking after them. By human perspective, to have a vast army, a soldier would be in high confidence but Gideon proved that to have confidence in the Lord should be what matters most. Have faith In him. It wasn’t the size of Gideon’s men that have gained them the victory but rather it was their faith that even though with such a small group, with the Lord on their side, they were more than capable to win against the Midianites. God bless you.