Judges 7:1,2

Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the well that was at Harod, so that the camp of the Midianites was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley. And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ “

The children of Israel did evil in the site God by going to worship idols of Baal and Asherah. As a result God gave them over to be oppressed by the Midianites. The hand of Midian prevailed over them for seven year. Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.

God answered their cry and sent an angel to Gideon who was in a winepress threshing wheat to hide it from the Midianites. Gideon received a commission to deliver the Israelites from the hand of their oppressors. How beautiful it is to note that when we genuinely return to the Lord and cry out to him He comes to deliver us from all manner of oppression. Gideon blew the trumpet and assembled the Israelites to go and fight against the Midianites.

32000 men followed Gideon to the battle. These were untrained men. They were going to face a vast army of trained men from a coalition of Midianites, Amalekites, and people of the East numbering about 135,000 (Judges 6:34, 8:10). Just when they were setting themselves up to cross the valley and engage in the battle God said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me’ (Judges 7:2). “  Here is our first and powerful lesson as we look at Judges chapter 7: God cannot share His glory with any man. As He says in Isa 42:8 “I am the LORD, that is my name; And my glory I will not give to another, Nor my praise to carved images.” Gideon had an assignment from God. He needed as many people behind him as possible. No doubt he knew the kind of force he was up against. The drums of war had been sounded. He could have been wondering how he was going to combat such a deadly force with so few people behind him. Then God tells him you have too many people! What is it you are up against? God delights in stripping us of all that we can rely on. Then only we can depend on God. It is very human with all of us to feel that we did something to deserve the victory that we are enjoying in life. It is in our canal human nature. We want to share the glory with God. We want to boast it is because I fasted, or tithed, or planted a seed, or whatever else we love to boast about. Do not get me wrong here. I am not saying that fasting, sowing or tithing are wrong, but if they are done in an attitude of works or spiritual pride they can become a hindrance to the manifestation of hand of God. The key word here is attitude. Fasting can be done in an attitude of humbling oneself before God. It is setting oneself apart before God to shore utter dependence on God for the battle ahead. God knows to read our hearts. The same thing can be said of sowing a seed of faith or giving our tithes.

The grace of God in our lives cannot be earned. God loves us with an everlasting love. We need to turn our battles to the Lord. He cares enough to intervene. God is telling Gideon and us today that the battle ahead of you is not about you. I am in charge. The echo of God’ grace can clearly be heard in this Old Testament account. In our battles we need God. What assignment do you have from God? What challenge are you facing in your life? What mountains do you see? What obstacles or walls do you see in your life? What’s that standing in your way to your destiny? Here this word, the battle belongs to the Lord. Do not look at what is against you ahead. Look at Who is with you and leading the battle in front of you. See Him who is invisible. It is God Almighty. There is only one thing you can have, and that is victory.

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Pastor Dr Gilbert Mwachia