7 Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ 3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”
5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
7 The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.
Gideon and his army won that battle, and Midian was given over to them…and only with a mere 300 soldiers. God sent most of Gideons army home before the battle, in order for them to KNOW the victory was from HIM and not something they themselves had achieved. If we believe the scripture that says all things work together for the good of those that are in Christ (Romans 8:28), then we must believe that the Lord God was using this as an opportunity to teach Gideon and his army something important.
It is important in life to do difficult things. This is something my heart is excited about sharing with my children one day, because I know from personal experience how it has ministered and grown me in my walk with Christ. Difficult things challenge and mature us. They push us past our “comfort” zone and inspire that growth that we otherwise wouldn’t achieve in our complacency.
God wants to teach us to rely on Him and sometimes asks us to do what seems like the impossible in order to increase our faith.(Although scripture also says we are each given a certain amount of faith (Romans 12:3), I believe most of us are far from reaching the capacity God has given us. There is usually more and more room to grow;)
The next time you pray for faith, you may just find your world getting rocked. You may also find yourself stretching farther than you THINK you’re capable of going. But don’t worry….
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37