Today’s reading in our Judges plan is Judges 7. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • In preparation for their battle against the Midianites, God reduces Gideon’s army from 32,000 men to 300.
  • God assures Gideon of victory by having him hear of a dream and it’s interpretation in the Midianite camp.
  • While Gideon’s army surrounded the Midianite camp, God caused the Midianites to turn against one another, and they fled.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Self-sufficiency gets in the way of our dependence on God.  Self-sufficiency is believing we can always do what needs to be done in our own strength.  To prevent this attitude among Gideon and his soldiers, God reduced the number of his army.  With an army of 300, rather than 32,000, there could be no doubt that their victory was from God.
  • Victory depends not on strength or numbers, but on obedience and commitment to God.  Gideon’s army didn’t have to draw a sword to defeat the Midianites.  Obeying God’s plan, they just watched as the Midianites fell into panic, confusion, and retreat.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • When we face challenges or when God calls us to a difficult task, we cannot look at ourselves as the source of power to accomplish these things.  If we do, we’ll never walk by faith.  Take some time today to ask yourself these questions:  Do I walk by faith?  Am I saying “No” to God’s leading because I am afraid and don’t believe I can do it?  Do I need to learn to place my trust in God’s power, not in my own abilities?
  • Is there anything God has been prompting you to do recently, but you have failed to do it because of feelings of inadequacy or a lack of faith?  What step can you take today to demonstrate faith and obedience to God by obeying this prompting?