“Get up!” commands Gideon. “The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.” Obviously, something has changed … something in Gideon! His words could not be more direct, decisive, and divinely inspired. The stronghold of fear in his heart … that formidable fortress of fear … has finally fallen. Dividing his men into 3 companies, Gideon gives each of them a trumpet for one hand and a jar with only a torch inside for the other. Now, in yet another test of faith … God calls Gideon and his men to war … weaponless! They will face an army of 135,000 with not a sword, not a spear, not a shield in sight!
God asks us to stand in His strength when we’re afraid … and that’s exactly what Gideon does.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“Watch me,” Gideon further instructs, “Follow my lead” (Judges 7:17). These are not the words nor the actions of the Gideon first introduced in the winepress. The once cowering man … has now become courageous. Clearly he is operating in the strength of another, in the power of Almighty God Himself!
The battalion of 300 men proceeds to encircle the vast Midianite camp in the dark of night and watches Gideon, their leader, like a hawk. “When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon’ ” (Judges 7:18).
A bone-chilling blast of trumpets startles the enemy camp.… The terrifying smashing of jars expose blazing torches that now encircle the Midianites in a ring of fire. All bedlam breaks loose … absolute chaos consumes the camp.
Of course, the strategic mastermind of this brilliant battle plan was Gideon’s Commander-in-Chief—the Lord Himself! Whenever you find yourself in a fearful situation, realise, like Gideon, you are not alone. Rely on the Lord’s presence in your life.… Focus on His strength in your life.… And claim and memorise the promise in this key verse (Isaiah 41:10) for your life.
In the blackness of night, the Midianites can’t see their opponents. Nevertheless, they draw their swords—and attack … and attack … and attack … each other! Pandemonium runs rampant. But in truth, “The Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords” (Judges 7:22) … unknowingly, brother against brother, friend against friend.
What would you do if you felt terrorised – panic-stricken—but there is no Gideon in hot pursuit … no blaring sound … no crashing noise … just the rapid pounding of your heart?
Gideon learned to rely totally on the Lord. In every real sense, the Lord was his Shepherd – even when he walked through the valley of the shadow of death – Gideon feared no evil … because from the beginning, he was told … “The Lord is with you.”