He Only Needed 300

Judges 7:7 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.”

One of the first Bible Stories I ever learned was the story of Gideon. It is found in the book of Judges, though Chapters 6-8. We read the story of a man who was the least likely to be the great warrior he was. The youngest in his family (I can relate to that), from the “weakest” clan in his tribe, he would not have been on anybody’s top 30 under 30 list. But God chose him.

His greatest battle was against the Medianites. Before God let him go into battle, He decided that He need to downsize. God took them though a process that brought the number down from 32,000 to only 300. And God used those 300 men to defeat the Medianite army.

I often get discouraged when I’m faced with a task that seems bigger than I can handle. Especially when the resources I have don’t meet the demand. I think, if only I had enough money, I would do a or b. If only I have enough time, if only I had enough resources. But this story, God shows us that the opposite is true. He chooses the least likely candidate for the job.  The Bible says that His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.

The best example that God gives to show how much He can do with little, is the comparison between a mustard seed and a mountain. I have a necklace and earring set that I “inherited” from my mum. There’s a mustard seed in the pendant and in each of the earrings. Those things are small. Also, I went to High School in Naro Moru, which means, I had the majestic view of Mount Kenya to wake up to every day. The thought of anything that’s the size of a mustard seed moving a mountain? Impossible!

I mentioned in a previous post that I have been going through the journey of becoming a minimalist. Learning to depend on as little as possible for life. There are many choices I am making that seem not to make the most sense. Kind of like going from an army of 32,000 to just 300. But I can see that God is teaching me to put my dependence entirely on Him, just like Gideon, and I know that a great victory is coming.

If you are at a place where you feel stuck and unable to move because you do not have enough resources, open your mind to the possibility that what you already have is, really, all you need. Like God did with the 300 men, or Jesus with the 5 loves and two fish, God is able to exponentially multiply what you have and give you more than you could possibly imagine. He’s a Master and using the least bit necessary.

 

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