READ : Judges 7:1-8
God said to Gideon, “You have too large an army with you. I can’t turn Midian over to them like this – they’ll take all the credit, saying, ‘I did it all myself,’ and forget about me.” (v. 2, msg)
Our Men’s Ministry team had been planning it for weeks. As the weekend drew closer, the registrations were slow coming in. The retreat center was considering canceling our reservation because there were so few. Knowing that we needed to depend on the Lord, we met to pray. Instead of a canceled weekend, it was one of the best retreats we ever had.
God wanted to make sure Gideon’s men were depending on him and not on their self-sufficiency as they faced the Midianites. The Lord told Gideon he should send home anyone who was terrified. However, there were still too many, so the Lord reduced their numbers again down at the river. Any military strategist would have thought Gideon was crazy for paring down his army from 32,000 to 300. When Gideon obeyed orders, God gave them the victory.
When we have a faith that depends on the Lord rather than on what we can do in our own strength, God will give us victory. Whether it is planning a church function or raising a family, depending on him makes all the difference.
Help us, Lord, to depend more on you and less on ourselves.