A Test of Faith

Judges 7:7-8
And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.  So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

This was one of those “how did I get here?” kind of moments for Gideon.  Here he was looking down at the vast army of the Midianites, the people who had oppressed Israel for seven years.  And as Gideon prepares to fight, his army keeps getting smaller.  The test of how they drank water retained only 300 and sent the rest back.  It could have seemed so crazy if he didn’t know God was in it, guiding and directing all along the way.

Do we ever find ourselves in those kinds of situations, the ones that just don’t make sense to our human reasoning?  Do we ever find ourselves going along a path that doesn’t seem like it could possibly be the proper course of action?  But then we find ourselves looking down upon an enemy with a meager army on our side, and suddenly things get real.  In those kinds of moments, we have to decide if we trust God, if we truly trust Him, because there is really no alternative.

In those edge-of-the-world moments, we have to confront what we believe about God.  Is He faithful?  Is He strong enough?  Is He good?  Will He help?  Will He be with us?  Our answers to those questions determine if we take the next step forward—and then the next and the next.  Those are the times in our lives where it is basically us and God against the world, and we have to understand that He is enough.  We have to know with certainty that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do.  We have to let go and let Him be in control.

God seeks willing hearts more than He seeks those who are wise and strong and capable.  God seeks surrendered hearts more than He seeks the brave and courageous.  He proved that with Gideon, and He does the same in our lives.  Truly He can use anyone, because He always does the hard part anyway.  But when we choose to obey, when we are willing to be used, when we are willing to stake everything on this God who calls us, amazing things can happen.  And in the process, an amazing transformation occurs with us, as well.

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