Monday, May 28, 2012

GIDEON’S 300 by Gary Wilkerson

“And Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over, he and the 300 men who were with him, exhausted yet pursuing” (Judges 8:4, ESV).

Judges 7:1 tells us that Gideon and his 32,000 men were about to go to war with the Midianites who had well over 100,000 soldiers. Those are not good odds.

God said to Gideon and his men, “If any of you are weary or distraught or discouraged or fearful or timid, I want you to go home” (see Judges 7:3).

We see that 22,000 left and 10,000 remained and 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, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ shall go with you, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ shall not go” (Judges 7:4, ESV).

So now it’s 300 against 100,000!

Late at night with only 300 soldiers left, Gideon went to the camp of the Midianites and heard two Midianite soldiers talking. One soldier said to the other, “I had a dream. It was like a piece of tumbleweed was blowing around and when it blew through our camp it knocked all of our tents and armory down.” The other soldier answered, “That is Gideon and his soldiers tearing down our camp” (7:13-14).

What he heard brought such an encouragement to the soul of Gideon that he began to believe that he could win this battle. What is his response?

“As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped” (7:15).

Gideon began to worship! God’s goal in bringing us to a place of victory in the midst of our struggle, in the midst of our pain, is to cause us to exalt and worship Jesus Christ.

God is not after just the victory in your life — helping you in your finances, helping you find a job, helping with your marriage. He will help you with all those things, of course, but what God really wants is a people who worship Him.