Posted by: springsinthedesert | October 18, 2010

His Strength In Our Weakness

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’ “

                  2 Chronicles 20 :17

In the book of Judges, we see a man named Gideon whom God used to save Israel from the Midianites. They were destroying the livestock and the crops of the people. Even though God told Gideon that he is going to be used for the deliverance of Israelites, he did not believe Him. To get a confirmation from God, he asked many signs from God. Gideon’s requests were granted and God gave him the confirmation that Gideon would win the battle against Midianites.

Gideon and his people rose early and encamped against the Midianites. Judges 8:10 gives us the idea that the total number of Midianites who was ready for the battle was 135,000 men. And from Judges 7:3, we understand the number of Israelites who were ready for the battle were 32000 men. So if you take a ratio between the Midianites and the Israelites it is about 4:1 or in other words one Israelite was supposed to fight against about 4 Midianites. That’s a huge number of Midianites and we feel that it is not fair to do such a battle.

But if you read chapter 7, you see that God is telling Gideon that the people who are with Gideon is too many for God to give the battle in their hands. So he asked Gideon to cut down the number of people. In our natural thinking, what would we say…Its really absurd to cut down the number of people when we are already outnumbered by the Midianites. The LORD said to Gideon,You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, announce now to the people, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’ ” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. (Judges 7:2-3).God did not stop there. He again said that the people were too many and He gave another test on the people who were ready to fight.

So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. 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 other men go, each to his own place.”(Judges 7:5-7). so we see that in that test 300 men remained and God asked Gideon to take that 300 men to fight against the Midianites. Now lets compare the ratio between Midianites and the Israelites..135,000 against 300 ..The ratio would be 450:1…So against one Israelite , 450 Midianites will fight. Do you think that it is fair? But we see that those 300 men and Gideon did win the battle just way God told them.

Why do you think that God decided to weak Israel even weaker? Why would God do that? Why do God allow the times of weakness? God knows His people very well. He knows their human nature. If by any chance they win the battle , they would say that its their hands that brought the deliverance and the glory will not be given to God. He knew that they will forget the hand of God in their victory. So he brought them to a weakness and worked with those selected 300 so that they will know the one who delivered in this time of impossibilities. A battle between 300 and 135000 men is really impossible in  our eyes. But the Almighty God was with these 300 people to fight against their enemies.

One thing that touched me is that God put a test on these Israelites who were ready to fight. In the first one, 22000 men left, in the second one, only 300 men remained. But these men, did not know in advance that a test was done on them to choose the final number of people. God was not interested in a multitude, but His chosen people. In the same way, in our Christian life, God allows tests in our life, without our knowledge, to find out those who will diligently follow Him, people whom He can call His own. The question is are we there in that small group He has chosen?

The second thing that spoke to me is that when we face a trial or a battle. We often feel that we are weak. We see the strength of the enemy or the problem and feel discouraged. One after the other you face trials which may weaken you more and more. But from the above story , we understand that God wants to show the hand of God in our lives. He wants to give us the victory while we are still weak and trust only on God’s strength. God delights in using weak vessels to display his strength and faithfulness.Like Gideon, we too are scared to face the greatly outnumbered enemy. But during those trials , God will help us see the power of weakness. No one likes to face Midian(strife and trouble), but when you are in them, you see the strength of God and His purpose

God chose you knowing that you are a weak vessel. His glory can be poured full, only when you are empty and weak. The trial that you are facing may be impossible in your eyes. But, God is with you to face the Midianites (strife). He has already given the victory in your hands.

God Bless,

Rani John




  1. Thank you for this deep encouragement today! You are blessing and helping many who are in battles and outnumbered. 🙂 God bless you and be with you in Spirit and in truth, deb

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