There were about 32,000 men who came to fight with Gideon against the Midianites. On the other side of the battlefield, the Midianites numbered about 135,000 men not to mention all of their camels, which we are told, were so many that they couldn’t be counted. The odds were about 4 to 1 against Gideon and his army. Yet with the odds already against them God says, “You have too many men, I can’t give you the victory with this many men.” After a number of tests, the Lord shaved Gideon’s army down to 300 men, to fight against 135,000, and the odds plummeted to 450 to 1.
Over and over again in the Scriptures, we see God’s people outnumbered and put in situations where their abilities fall far short of what is needed to achieve victory. As Christians today, we find the same is true, but all we have to do is hold that challenge up to the Lord and His abilities and in faith trust in His power to give us victory. Then He gets the glory and we receive great confidence knowing that as God’s children we are over-comers “because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Pastor Doug Hardin