It Must Be By God’s Power

The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home and hurry away from Mount Gilead.’” Then 22,000 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained.

And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ shall go with you, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Every one who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself. Likewise, every one who kneels down to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was 300 men, but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “With the 300 men who lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hand, and let all the others go every man to his home.” So the people took provisions in their hands, and their trumpets. And he sent all the rest of Israel every man to his tent, but retained the 300 men. And the camp of Midian was below him in the valley. Judges 7:2-8.

God wants to give His people victory, but He wants them to know that it was He who gave it. This has not changed. Here in America we have wealth and freedom like the early church never dreamed of. But it is the poor countries of Africa and South America that are seeing tremendous revival.

About 800 years ago, Pope Innocent II showed Thomas Aquinas a display of great wealth and said, “I guess the church cannot say, ‘Silver and gold I have none.'” Aquinas responded, “Neither can she tell the lame to take up his bed and walk.”

Having plenty is a test few of us pass. We forget our need for God until we are again destitute and suffering.

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