too many for me

Today's devotion from Judges 7.

Chapter 7 is truly a remarkable piece of scripture. This hero that had been hiding in a winepress is led to attack the enemy while undermanned. God truly does use Gideon in a miraculous way. Who isn't astonished at the way He can use 300 to defeat an entire army?

The story of Gideon is, at its heart, a demonstration in the glory of God. It's not about Gideon as a hero. It's not about our need to emulate him. This is why we see his victories and defeats. Both work together to paint the portrait of His majesty. You see, it is in our weakness where His strength is most prominent.

In the weakness of a hiding hero, the strength of God shines. In the weakness of only 300 against an army, the power of God prevails. In the weakness of a man's temptation, we see that it was never Gideon, but God in spite of Gideon that was victorious. This principle plays out time and again in scripture, both before and after Gideon.

As we think about this, maybe we should ask ourselves a question? How many times have we waited for God to give us the answer to our prayers, and in doing so postpone what He desired to do? What I mean is this: what if Gideon had prayed for more than 300 soldiers instead of simply obeying the voice of God trusting in numbers instead of Him? What if he'd prayed for better weapons, or a whiz-bang strategy, or a mighty champion, or a more advantageous terrain, or any 1 of a thousand other things instead of trusting God?

This challenges me. What if the very thing I'm praying for is the thing that God is saying would be too much for Him? If I had these things I'm praying for, who would get the glory? Me? The tool/strategy/circumstance? God's goal isn't just to get us a specific outcome, but to demonstrate His glory in the process. This isn't because He is egotistical, but because He is gracious. In doing His miraculous work in, well, a miraculous way, it grows our faith. It teaches us not only that we need to trust Him, but that we can trust Him.