Judges 8: 1-4
And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.
And he said unto them, What have I done now in comparison to you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer?
God hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that.
And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the 300 men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them.
With God’s help Gideon had just soundly defeated the Midianites that had an army of at least ten times their size. God had whittled it down twice to smaller and smaller so that He would be sure to get all the glory. When he got through they were left with 300 men. It would have to be God or they would be obliterated, because their enemy outnumbered them many times over.
This post is not to tell the story of how Gideon defeated the huge army with so few men, but the story of how he did not get off track after the magnificent battle had been won.
As Gideon was returning from battle, he was confronted with some of his own people asking why he didn’t call them into battle with him. I am sure the 300 men whom God used for the astounding victory were larger-than-life heroes among the people after they soundly defeated the Midianites.
It is very easy to want to be a part of something that looked absolutely impossible after it has already happened. The soldiers were probably telling their stories and wound up heroes as they came back to their families. No doubt this made some of the men want to try to save face by saying they were not in the battle because they had not been asked. Certainly they would have jumped at the chance to defeat the Midianites if they had only been asked, or so they tried to reason AFTER THE FACT.
Gideon was focused more on what God wanted him to do than to let himself get offended and off-track when the men came to him complaining. He didn’t argue with them but instead tried to build them up with confidence as he went his way doing further things for God.
He didn’t allow them to distract him with something that was not that important in the whole scheme of things. He had more important things to do than stay there and argue with them about something just so their pride could be saved.
This is not to say that we need to whiz past everybody as if they are unimportant, but sometimes Satan just tries to use people as a distraction to get us off focus of what is really important.
We need to have much discernment as to what we should deal with and what we should let go and not worry about. Some battles are just better left alone because they will take too much of your time to fight something that is not that important, at least in God’s plan and scheme of things.
We Christians need great discernment for battle each day so we know which battles we need to fight and win. Ask God and He will give you all the wisdom and knowledge you need to live a victorious Christian life each day.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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