For seven years, the Lord God handed the people of Israel over to the Midianites. When the Israelites finally cried out to the Lord, he sent to them a prophet named Gideon. Gideon was from the weakest clan in Manasseh and he was the least in his family. Still, the Lord chose Gideon to save His people from their oppressors.
Although Gideon began with an army of 32,000 men, God filtered that number down to just three hundred men; less than one percent of the original army. When Gideon scouted the Midianite camp, he found that the people (Midianites, Amalekites, and others) were as thick as locusts. However, God showed his might through the small Israelite army. When the trumpets sounded and the people shouted, the entire Midianite army fled. Over 120,000 soldiers fell at the hands of Israel that day. (Judges 6-8)
It’s easy to get wrapped up in numbers. We want the largest church attendance, the biggest Bible classes, the most small groups. We forget that God works through the small things. The old adage goes, “It’s not the quantity, but the quality.” With God, that is a very true statement. God wants our hearts. He is not concerned with the multitude of people that swarm your building on a special event weekend. God desires the single household who will devote themselves to His service. God desires the small group who dedicate themselves to serving the needy. God desires the few who will stand up for the cross of Christ in the face of adversity rather than the hordes who call on His name only in times of distress.
God can do amazing things through the smallest gathering of people. Gideon faced thousands upon thousands with just three hundred men. He did it through the hand of God. May we remember that God works through those who devote themselves to Him and victory comes to those who earnestly seek Him. He empowers the weak to be strong through Him.
“God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29 NIV)