And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’
This is just such an amazing story of how God chooses to show himself strong in our weakness. Jeremiah tells us that there is nothing too hard for God, and we see in this account of Gideon’s life that this is absolutely the case. Imagine preparing to go into battle and the commanding officer says, “We have too many guys!” and yet, this is precisely what the Lord is saying. Why? So that He alone gets the credit.
Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.”
Quite an unusual way of determining who is going to go into battle. From 22,000 to 10,000 to 300 men, leaving no doubt as to where the victory came from.
22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, both you and your son, and your grandson also; for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian.” 23 But Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the Lord shall rule over you.”
We must ever be aware of our natural tendency to want to either take the credit or give the credit to others, rather than to God. To God be the glory in every area if our lives. There is nothing that we do or accomplish that He doesn’t want and deserve the credit.
Then Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played the harlot with it there. It became a snare to Gideon and to his house.
Even mighty men of valor can fall. It behooves us to understand this truth. We must guard our hearts from ever getting too proud.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
It can be so easy to doubt the Lord. This is why it is good to read of the many accounts in the Bible where God came through in powerful ways. It serves to strengthen our faith so that we might constantly be growing in believing the Lord for greater things.
So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
I don’t believe we will ever experience all that the Lord has for us, until we are in a place of being willing to forsake all and wholeheartedly follow Him.
When He saw their faith, He said to him, “ Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
Sometimes it is the faith of others that brings healing in our lives. I don’t fully understand it, but I have found this to be very true. Don’t ever underestimate the role your faith plays in other people’s lives.