‘During that night the Lord said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.”’ Judges 7.9
On a human level Gideon was probably in a state of panic! God had reduced his army down to three hundred people and we are told that even the camels of the army opposing him were more numerous than the sand on the seashore. Then God told him to get ready for the fight! Gideon was not told how God was going to help him, but he was sent into battle with the assurance that God would be there.
We can take comfort from this when we next feel as though we too are in a battle. The Bible repeatedly tells us that God is with us and also that he will be present to help us, yet we can still feel overwhelmed and outnumbered. As with Gideon, we are not told how God’s help is going to come but we are asked to put our trust in him and to believe that somehow it will come.
When we read the story of Gideon, we have the advantage of being able to read ahead and see that Gideon had no need to worry at all since God was in charge all the time. The good news is that God has also read ahead in your life and is probably wondering what all the panic is about!
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