The Gideon Story

Today's Bible reading: Judges 6-8

God uses Sampson's strength, but the Gideon story shows that He does not even have to use human strength to come to His people's rescue. When the Midianites pose a new crisis, God chooses a young man, Gideon.  His charismatic gift from the Spirit of God is courage.

The decisive scene is recorded in chapter 7 of the book of Judges.  Gideon begins with an army of 32,000 men.  This is reduced first to 10,000, then to 300.. Verse seven in this chapter says: "And the Lord said to Gideon, "With the 300 men … I will deliver you, and give the Midianites into your hand"."  As with the "capture" of Canaan in the first place, God is the one who gives victory. He, in the final analysis, is the Judge, the Savior!

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to believe Your promises, seek Your will, and act in the courage You alone give.  Amen.