Have you ever been planning your week ahead, and you get a flashback from the last week?
It happened to me today. As I was working on my social media posts one word came to me – Gideon. Last week I finished a new hire class. It was a small class. Only four people. They all united as one though and worked together well. They became a team. While they are in training I am their manager, and their numbers reflect on me.
The class before was a large group about 4 times the size. And the one before about equal. They were a lean machine that by God’s grace I pushed to excel. And, before they left to go to their respective teams with God’s guidance they were 2nd place on the floor against the experienced ones.
With each class I have the practice of praying for their success, that God would show himself strong, and all the glory would go to Him. Faced with a team of four – I prayed harder. That they would be small but mighty! I had a team of four, against four teams of 18. We were the smallest and weakest.
Gideon is found in Judges chapter six. He is an Israelite that was in captivity by the Midianites. The Midianites were cruel, and withheld food from the Israelites.
“The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds.” Judg. 6:2NLT
Until one day Gideon was pressing wheat while he was hiding, and an angel appeared to him and said “he is a mighty hero, and will rescue Israel” Judg. 6:12-16. Gideon was dumbfounded (using today’s language). He was the smallest and weakest. How could this be?
Gideon had confirmation from God and gathered his army of 32,000 men. But God said –
“You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.” Judg. 7:2 NLT
Gideon’s army of 32,000 men soon went to 10,000. The others went back home because they were afraid. Having only 10,000 left God still said – that’s too many. Can you imagine the look on Gideon’s face? Better yet can you imagine the fear that may have been welling up within him? He was to take an army and fight the Midianites. They were very large and powerful.
My first two classes were of equal ground with the teams on the floor. With each one they finished their time with me giving the Sr. teams a run for their money. This last team was different. There were four. How would we compete?
From the 10,000 men with Gideon God had determined who would fight and who would go home. After a demonstration at the river bank involving a technique to drink water Gideon’s army was dwindled to 300 men. With his army of 300 Gideon pressed on and entered into battle. All eyes would be on Gideon. Although they should be on God Israel had wandered from God and their focus would be on Gideon and his army. Have you been there? Faced with a giant task with dwindling resources?
“As soon as I and those with me blow the rams’ horns, blow your horns, too, all around the entire camp, and shout, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon!” Judg. 7:18 NLT
All eyes on Gideon, could he pull this off? All eyes on me and my team of four, how would they fare against the experienced teams?
As last week progressed my team of four began to dwindle. I know you’re thinking – dwindle? Yes. I went to three, then two. The business person in me said, “well it happens.” Thankfully my spirit took over and gave me the words to say – God you did it with Gideon. He was small but mighty. He had an army of 300 and defeated an army of 120,000+! If you did it then you certainly can do it now.
Gideon and his army of 300 had rescued Israel from the Midianites. God used the smallest and the weakest to conquer the powerful. All eyes should have been on God.
“That is the story of how the people of Israel defeated Midian, which never recovered.” Judg. 8:28a NLT
Then on Friday, the last day, my team of two went to one. Now my team of one’s numbers was being compared to the teams of 18 on the floor. The others had left, all that remained was one with a willing spirit to excel, to do well. The one forged on. I didn’t check the numbers until later in the day. To my surprise my team of one was number one!
“The LORD your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you.” Dt. 1:30a NLT
And today, as I was planning for this week, God showed me how he did it for Gideon, and how he did it for me with my team of one.
Small is mighty when the LORD is on your side.
If the odds are stacked against you. If you feel all is lost. Remember Gideon. Be encouraged that God did it for him. He can do it for you.
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9 NLT
Small is mighty when the LORD is on your side.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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