The Runt – Part II

When God invited Gideon to join Him in delivering Israel from oppression, Gideon asked God a question. “I’m the weakest member of the weakest family, in the weakest clan, of the weakest tribe in all of Israel. I’m the runt! What are you doing talking to me about saving Israel?” God didn’t reveal His answer to Gideon’s question until it came time for Gideon to assemble an army. Gideon might have been a runt, but he was smart enough to know that when you go to war, you stack as many odds in your favor as you can, and you assemble as big an army as you can. So Gideon recruited over 30,000 fighting men, but God surprised Gideon. 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.’” Judges 7:2

God wanted Gideon and Israel to be very clear that they didn’t have what it would take, and to very be clear about where their strength actually came from. God wanted to make this so visibly evident that He directed Gideon to send home 22,000 fighting men. Even after this extensive thinning of the army, God told Gideon his army was still too big. God ultimately directed Gideon to reduce his army to a mere 300 fighting men. God then took the runt who didn’t have what it took, and his runt army, and worked through them to rout the much larger Midianite army. Gideon and his army clearly didn’t have what it took to fix their circumstances, but that didn’t mean their situation was hopeless – it just meant they were not strong enough to handle life without God. You and I clearly do not have what it takes to fix our circumstances, but that doesn’t leave us without hope – it just means we can’t handle life without God. Is this a freeing concept or a frustrating concept for you? Let me know

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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4 Responses to The Runt – Part II

  1. Ruth Orlando says:

    This concept I have learned is always the best…when I freely allow Him to do things His way. I am always amazed that it was so much easier than my idea, or plan, but I have to relinquish what I thought was my control, when its really His plan all along.

  2. Andy Lewis says:

    Thanks for the good word Ruth!

  3. thissimplecomplicatedlife says:

    I was asked to do something “up front” at our church recently. I am wired to work “in back.” Before I took the mic I jokingly said to my Pastor’s wife: “Whatever happened to operating in our gifts?” 😉 This year God has let me experience over and over the pleasure of doing things outside my natural leanings and relying on Him. It’s scary, thrilling and faith building to trust Him in these new places. I think it’s been really freeing to learn to let Him lead rather than trying to do it all myself (usually in vain).

    • Andy Lewis says:

      We really do learn so much about the limits of our abilities and the unlimited power of God when we work outside of our wiring. Of course it’s a good thing to serve God in the ways He’s uniquely wired us, but when we serve outside of that wiring we know that we must rely on God’s power more than our own. It’s a great reminder that even when we’re working within the context of our wiring, more gets done when God’s power is allowed to shine rather than our power.

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