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“While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.” Judges 7:21
Gideons’ story is familiar. He’s secretly threshing wheat when an angel appears and calls him Mighty Warrior. What warrior threshes wheat? In secret?
God sees with eyes different than ours because he sees beyond our inadequacy and frailties. And our doubts and questions that drive us don’t deter God.
God refines our identity. And our positions of hidden faithfulness propels us into positions we didn’t expect.
It’s that faithfulness of doing the right thing that enables us to stand firm when he tells us to stand and to fight when he gives the battle cry.
Gideon took 300 men into battle against thousands. Defeat was probable, if not for the power of God and one faithful man.
Life holds unavoidable battles for us as we live in the world, but not of the world. We struggle with internal battles of our own sin nature wrestling with the Spirit, and we know there’s an external enemy prowling around seeking to kill, steal, and destroy.
Like Gideon, God calls us out of hidden places to step into the battlefront. And like Gideon, and many others in the Bible, God gives us a battle strategy that seems doomed for defeat.
And this is where we must rest, that God holds victory in his hands and declares that we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. We don’t fight for victory, but from a place of victory.
There will be times when God will give us our battle strategy, and we will take ground back from the enemy. Then there will be other times when we must hold our position, and let God battle on our behalf.
But when our only weapons are broken pottery, torch lights, and our voices, holding our position seems impossible. It’s in those instances where God reveals his prowess on the battlefield and we get the show of a lifetime.
“Holy God, help me to know when it’s time to fight and when it’s time to hold my position. Charging into the battle feels more natural, but watching the battle from a distance feels dangerous. Let us be in sync with your plans and let us follow you unswervingly. May we leave our enemies to you and trust you to work on our behalf.” Amen.