That’s what he did for Gideon.
The interesting thing though is how God goes about accomplishing these seemingly impossible things. His ways are definitely not conventional. Like for instance, when Jesus wanted to cure a blind man, He spat on the ground, made mud and applied it on his eyes. Usually, when you want to help open someone’s eyes, you don’t put stuff in there that could make it worse, right? But God’s ways are much higher and better than our ways. He does things beyond human comprehension. And, most importantly, they work out just fine.
Anyways, coming to the story of Gideon.
Now, Gideon lived at a time when Israel was being oppressed by the neighboring Midianites and Amalekites. The Israelites lived in fear of these nations. Gideon, too, was afraid. The first time he is mentioned in the Bible, he is said to be “threshing some wheat in a winepress, so that the Midianites would not see him.”
I want to you pause here and comprehend Gideon’s level of fear. He is not yet the brave man God wants him to be. He is not yet the mighty warrior the Israelites need. He is threshing wheat in a vineyard because he is afraid. And yet, that’s not what God chooses to see. God wants Gideon to be courageous and so He addresses him as though he is already very brave. The Book of Judges says: “The Lord’s angel appeared to him there and said, “The Lord is with you, brave and mighty man!” (Judges 6:12)
Now, here’s the thing: whenever God wants to create something, He speaks it into life. When God wanted light, He said “Let there be light” and light appeared. God can make you whatever He wants you to be. All He has to do is say the word.
Anyways, coming back to our story.
God then told Gideon to tear down his father’s altar to Baal, cut down the symbol of the goddess Asherah beside it, and build a well-constructed altar to the Lord. So Gideon took ten of his servants and did what the Lord had told him. He was too afraid of his family and the people in town to do it by day, so he did it at night. (Judges 6:27)
We see time and again that Gideon is not really brave. And yet God chose him. That’s what God does. Whenever God wants to do something great, He chooses total misfits. Jacob was a cheater; Peter had a temper; David had an affair; Noah got drunk; Jonah ran from God; Paul was a murderer; Miriam was a gossiper; Martha was a worrier; Thomas was a doubter; Sara was impatient; Elijah was moody; Moses stuttered; Zaccheus was short; Abraham was old, and Lazarus — well, he was just dead.
The “brave and mighty” Gideon was actually an insecure coward.
Anyways, after dilly-dallying for a while and asking God for signs and symbols, Gideon is finally convinced that God is indeed with him. He sends out messengers to gather together men from different tribes for battle against the Midianite army, which comprises more than 100,000 men. About 32,000 Israelites enroll. God sends 31,700 (or 99%) of them back.
When God decides to defeat a nation, He does not need human help to do it. He just needs someone to stake victory on His behalf. In this case, just 300 men are more than enough.
But God knew that Gideon was an insecure man. So, that night God instructed Gideon to approach the Midianite camp. Gideon overheard a Midianite man tell a friend of a dream in which God had given the Midianites over to Gideon.
Finally empowered, Gideon and the three hundred marched on the enemy camp. When they reached there, they routed the entire enemy camp by simply standing in their place, blowing their trumpets and shouting ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’.
When the three hundred trumpets sounded, God caused the men throughout the enemy camp to turn on each other with their swords. And thus the entire army was defeated.
Remember, when God is leading you, success is guaranteed — 100%. God will do everything. Your part is to simply show up — that’s your 1%.
History records Gideon as one of Israel’s judges. David, the shepherd boy, is known today as one of Israel’s greatest kings. Moses is considered one of the greatest prophets. These were ordinary people just like you and me. But when God touched them, they did extraordinary things. And what God did for these people back then, He can do for you today. Remember, God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called. Are you prepared to answer His call?
All you have to do is say “Yes, God. Let it be done unto me according to Your will.” Amen!