A short devotional on Judges 7:1-8. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Sometimes when I sit down to pay bills, I wish I had more money. Don't you? If there was just a little bit more, wouldn't things be better?
Well, if our story today is any indication, the answer is actually no. More is not always better.
As we continue the story of Gideon from yesterday, he has managed to gather 32,000 men. Not bad. Still, the enemy, the Midianites counts their troops in the hundreds of thousands. So, yeah, if God doesn't come through, they are still all going to die.
But then, God comes to talk with Gideon.
Judges 7:1-8 says:
7 Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ 3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
Okay, that didn't go very well. But then it gets worse
4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”
5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
7 The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.
And they win. We will continue that story tomorrow.
But here is the take away. More is not better. More may put you in a place where you rely on the wrong things. When we have less, it means we keep trust where it should be. The source of all resources -- our God.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow