Has the presence of someone near you ever given you the ability to do something you otherwise would not have had the courage or strength to do?
Before God was going to call Israel into battle, he had to make sure that their other “crutches” were removed (idols and their sheer numbers). Why was this the first step in God’s plan for them?
What was the practical reason for why God whittled the Isarelite army down to 300? There were two ways - those who are fearful and those who lap the water like dogs).
The fact that God had to weaken Israel’s army in order to work through them is a very difficult concept for us. None of us wants to be weakened but we also know that through our weakness He is made strong. Have you ever noticed this truth in your spiritual life
The things that opposed Israel in our last few stories were stronger than the people but they weren’t stronger than God. How does that encourage you?
In what ways are you being challenged to step out in faith, finding God’s strength and reassurance to do so? God’s reassurance was a big part of this Gideon narrative.
Gideon obeyed God and he used his gifts to serve him. Gideon didn’t just sit back; rather he strategized using his intellect that ultimately was given to him by God. What gifts has God given you to serve him with? Remember that the Lord called him a “mighty man of valour” before he had done anything and while he was hiding.