Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Before you read further, take a few minutes and read Judges 7 so you can have a clear understanding of the magnitude of what God did. So, the Lord sends you out to attack an enemy that has you seriously outnumbered, even on your best day. According to Judges 8:10, when the battle was finally engaged, there were 300 men of Israel against 135,000 Midianites. That’s 450 to 1. Those are steep odds. Yet, that is what Israel faced, and God performed. Did you read the last statement I just wrote? Look at it closely. “…what Israel faced…God performed.”
Oh, what a powerful statement. God did not do for the 22,000 who went home, or for the 9,700 who bowed down like dogs with their face in the water. But for those who were with Gideon in the assault on the Midianites, for those who held to their faith and carried out what the Lord commanded, for Gideon and his 300, God performed. When you face your enemies in obedience to the Lord, God WILL perform what He said He would perform. Numbers don’t matter when you’re obedient. Odds don’t count when you’re obedient. Terrain is no issue when you move in faith. The apparent advantages of the enemy are valueless when you move forward to carry out the will of God. God WILL do what He says He WILL do, and that without fail, as long as we are faithful. Regardless of the odds, obey God’s command, for YES, He IS talking to you.
But let’s look again at Gideon. His army has been trimmed from 32,000 to 300. He’s still having a “You talking to me?” moment. So, once again God pushes past it. He sends Gideon, along with his servant, Phurah, into the Midianite camp at night to hear what the Midianites are thinking and saying. While there, God’s words and plan are confirmed in the mind of Gideon, for Gideon hears the Midianites talking about a barley loaf (Gideon) tumbling (that’s a kind of stumbling fall) into the camp and leveling an enemy tent. Can you see that picture? A simple loaf of bread destroying a military tent with its occupants. The imagery is almost laughable. Yet Gideon understood, and his final “You talking to me?” issue was settled.
Now learn something from this event, and others we are examining. It has been said that we should never question God. Such a blanket statement is patently untrue. God fully expects obedience from His people, but NOT blind obedience. Time and again through Scriptures, God’s people have asked for wisdom from God about things they are commanded to do, or things that are about to happen. When such a request is sincere, and needed to undergird the faith of the one asking, Father responds with the needed answer. He did it for Gideon, and He’ll do it for you.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4