Gideon II

John Koedyker

READ : Judges 7:1-25

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.’” (7:3)

We often like to pat ourselves on the back. It’s natural to want to take credit for
good things when they happen—whether or not we really deserve it. Recently the story
was going around that I saved a guy’s life in the hot tub at the YMCA. Certainly I enjoyed
the notoriety, but I really didn’t do all that much. Yes, the man had passed out in the
hot water, and I went to get help. But I was only one of several who assisted. My role in
the story was exaggerated.

It is important to give credit where credit is due. In Gideon’s battle with the Midianites, the Lord realized that too many soldiers would make it appear that a brave army had won the victory on its own. So, with God’s help, Gideon whittled down the army to three hundred men. To win the victory with only three hundred men would truly be a miracle. And guess who is in charge of miracles?

It is often that way in life—a skilled surgeon, an outstanding musician, a successful athlete—all perform well, but only God provides the victory.

PRAYER

God, help us to always give you the credit which you deserve. Amen.