A God-Inspired Victory
Key verse:“…The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon” ( Judges 7 :18b).
In the perennial battle with Satan, God always seeks a human instrument in executing His will. Jesus humbled Himself and took on the flesh to conquer for man. In this particular case, God was in need of a human instrument in the person of Gideon to bring victory.
The sword of the Lord was crucial to the success of the sword of Gideon. Yet, the sword of Gideon must be employed in absolute subordination to God's will. Moses, or Aaron on the mountain, represented the sword of the Lord, while Joshua on the battlefield as the human sword, achieved great success when Moses' arm was lifted up.
The defeat of the people of Midian with only 300 men confirms the word of God that God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. We recall here David and his sling which brought down the whole height of Goliath. We may as well remember how preaching of the gospel and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour by simple faith, frees the sinner from the enemy's bondage. So simple and yet, so real. God uses what we have and not what we do not have to grant us victory over the enemy. This, He does that the excellency of power might be of God only.
As God's children, He wants us to trust in His power to see us through our pilgrim journey. It is never by the work of our own hands. Today, all spiritual soldiers engage in the battle against Satan, sin and the world of darkness. They must put on the whole armour of God to triumph. They should trust more in the power and word of God than in their eloquence of speech, human ability and knowledge. It is not the size of the enemy but the limitlessness of God's power that should matter to us. If we pray, obey and believe God, He is faithful to lead us through the battles of life and to defeat the enemy on our way.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: No man prevails by strength, but by God.