“The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight.”
Judges 7:2-3 NLT
Sometimes we put our confidence in the wrong things and the wrong people. God has called you because he saw something extra ordinary in you and then you went out to recruit numbers to bolster up the lack of confidence you have in yourself. We’ve got excess weight that needs to be lost so we can accomplish what God picked us out to do. You’ve got too many people with you!
In church we love counting people to determine if we have a strong church, but the reality is that just because you have a crowd doesn’t mean you have an army. This is a season of us not counting numbers but making the numbers count.
When God got ready to rescue the Israelites from the Midianites who were raiding the land and leaving them in a state of starvation; he called Gideon to lead his resistance. Gideon was a reluctant leader with low self-esteem. After God finally convinced him that he would be with him to defeat this horde Gideon summoned an army of 32,000 men!
God told Gideon he had too many. Because if they won they would think they won with their own strength. The problem was not in their numbers but in their faith. The people were worshipping false gods and a victory would give them false confidence and not recognize the true source of their victory. God told Gideon, “You have too many to win!”
- Tell everyone who is timid or afraid to go home. You would think that everyone assembled for battle was ready to fight. But even our best equipped, best prepared troops refuse to fight if their hearts are not in it. Some people will turn on you or turn away if their hearts are not in it. Tell them to go home! Twenty-two thousand men left leaving 10,000. Before your next mission, ask people who have questionable allegiance to leave. In some cases you won’t have to ask them because when it gets rough they leave on their own.
- Separate the posers from the potent. With 10,000 men left God told Gideon he still had too many. He told him to separate those who drink water like a dog from those who kneel and drink. Three hundred drank water like a dog with their eyes up and head on a swivel. They were battle ready. God said with those 300 He would give Gideon victory. It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog! Where your dogs at?!
- Take the provisions and weapons from the ones who are left and give it to the ones who will do the fighting. The resources you would have wasted on the crowd you now use to empower the core. This is the time to start looking at where you’ve been wasting resources on people who were never really with you anyway.
God gave Gideon the victory with just 300 soldout soldiers over an army three or four times that size. It is not in our power or strength alone that God grants us victory. It’s in our ability to trust him. In trusting him we’ve got to send some people home. Let them go!
Show me who is supposed to roll with me in this season. I don’t want people in my life just to keep up appearances and mess around and lose the battle. Surround me with people who know how to do spiritual warfare and whose hearts are soldout to Jesus and the vision you’ve given me. Send me people who love you and respect me. This is the fight of my life and I need soldiers who have influence, impact, and can help raise income. Our communities have been under siege and I need an army that will help me take back what the enemy stole from us. Many are called but few are chosen. Send me a few good soldiers.
In Jesus’ Name,