The other day my kids and I were watching a cartoon thar was talking about Gideon and his battle against the Medianites.It got me thinking…. Often time as adults we over look the stories we learned in Sunday school thinking we learned all that we possibly can from them and that they are children stories but we couldn’t be further from the truth.
For those of you who don’t know the story you can find it by clicking the link or finding it in the Bible in Judges 6-8 but I will let you know usually in Sunday school you don’t hear the whole story if you want the Sunday school version you will have to google it 🙂
Well lately I my heart has been heavy because I know there are many people with heavy burdens and broken hearts. When I heard this story of Gideon this part seemed to scream at me…
The Lord spoke to Gideon. He said, “I want to hand Midian over to you. But you have too many men for me to do that. I do not want Israel to brag that their own strength has saved them. So here is what I want you to announce to your men. Tell them, ‘Those who tremble with fear can turn back. They can leave Mount Gilead.’” So 22,000 men left. But 10,000 remained.
The Lord spoke to Gideon again. He said, “There are still too many men. So take them down to the water. I will sort them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one will go with you,’ he will go. But if I say, ‘That one will not go with you,’ he will not go.”
So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord spoke to him. He said, “Some men will drink the way dogs do. They will lap up the water with their tongues. Separate them from those who get down on their knees to drink.”Three hundred men lapped up the water. They brought it up to their mouths with their hands. All of the rest got down on their knees to drink.
The Lord spoke to Gideon. He said, “With the help of the 300 men who lapped up the water I will save you. I will hand the Midianites over to you. Let all of the other men go home.”So Gideon sent the rest of the men of Israel to their tents. But he kept the 300 men. They took over the supplies and trumpets the others had left.
The Midianites had set up their camp in the valley below where Gideon was.
During that night the Lord spoke to Gideon. He said, “Get up. Go down against the camp. I am going to hand it over to you. But what if you are afraid to attack? Then go down to the camp with your servant Purah. Listen to what they are saying. After that, you will not be afraid to attack the camp.” Judges 7:2-11 NIRV
I love this part! Isn’t just like our God to say, “woah, woah.. your over planning. It’s not that complicated.” I know that your problem seems huge but God can handle it. He can handle it with less than you think. He wants the glory if we put too much focus on the problem/solution/circumstance/obstacle… we are planning not God!
Also God knows we struggle with the faith that God who at times, especially in the middle of our problem seems so far away. He knew Gideon was afraid he told him to sneak in the camp to help him increase in faith. And when it was all said and done God provided he came through with victory!
Now the end of the story, has another lesson to be learned but that is for another time.
Friends, today I want to tell you “your over thinking it… your situation is not…. let me clarify…. it is NOT!! too complicated for God. He needs less than what you think to take care of it. Let HIM do the planning. He may not take care of it the way you would think but He’s got your back!
Till next time as always friends… Be Blessed!