My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.
Waiting on God’s timing when we are going through seemingly insurmountable trials is never enjoyable. Sometimes the situation seems impossible, and it’s hard to remember that God has plans for us even in the most difficult situations. Satan is especially vigilant when we are disheartened, and will use our emotions to remind us that we are failures and that God is far away from us when we need Him most.
As uncomfortable as it may be, being out of our own control is actually a good thing. We find an amazing example of this truth in Judges when we see Gideon gaining victory in an impossible situation by trusting God’s power.
In Judges we see God calling Gideon to lead His army to battle. Gideon has serious misgivings about this plan from the very beginning, and probably was flabbergasted at the thought of leading an army of 32,000 Israelites to defeat an army of 135,000 Midianites. Not only did he have no battle experience, he doubted himself and doubted God as well.
Even though the odds of winning the battle were numerically already stacked against him, God instructed Gideon to discharge any men who were afraid to fight. Upon hearing the announcement, 22,000 men ran for the hills, and the fearful Captain Gideon was left with a meager 10,000 men.
Again, God told Gideon that he had too many men for the battle and instructed Gideon to let his 10,000 men get a drink of water. Out of these, a mere 300 men stood and scooped the water to their mouths rather than sticking their mouths directly in the water to drink (ew!). Through this method, God handpicked Gideon’s army. The major characteristic that these men shared was not that they were great warriors, but that they preferred drinking water differently than the other 9,700.
Gideon was left with 300 men…and no weapons.
For those of you who are visual learners, here is the breakdown: 32,000 – 22,000 = 10,000 – 9,700 = 300.
God’s purpose in leading Gideon and his numerically challenged and ill-equipped army to battle was so that the Israelites would not be able to boast in their own strength. The glory and honor would go to God alone.
Are you feeling powerless today, like the battle you’re facing is absolutely impossible to win? We serve the same God who used 300 Israelites to defeat a mighty army of 135,000 Midianites. Remember that the outcome of every battle you face is always victory when you are surrendered to Christ.
You will face spiritual enemies in this world, but they have no power to destroy you. Understand that applying worldly wisdom to your situation will not help you overcome it. Every situation in your life, every struggle, is by divine appointment. Make no mistake; there is a purpose in the battle that you’re currently fighting. When you trust that His timing is perfect, and understand that His purpose in every situation is for His glory and your good, you will be filled with peace.
Be encouraged through Gideon’s example. He was hanging out threshing wheat when the angel of the Lord first called him to battle. He made the excuse that he was a nobody, the least important member of a family that came from the least important tribe of Israel. He doubted God and feared men, and had other plans for his life.
Always remember that God has bigger plans for you than you have for yourself, and that there is no such thing as an insurmountable trial when we have the God of the Universe on our side.