Bible Study: Judges 7 #2 – Obeying God Even Though You Can Do It on Your Own

Let’s say one day you were selected to win a million dollars. Your chances of winning were 5%. 

The next day, somebody told you a way to increase your chances to 10%. It was to submit one ticket so your chances would double. Would you do it? 

Of course, you would! I would too, without batting an eye. (Assuming the process of submitting an additional ticket was not laced with bureaucracy.)

The opposite thing was happening with Gideon. In Judges 7, Gideon’s army was cut down twice. His 32,000 men army was cut down to a measly 300. Rationally, if he didn’t have a high chance of beating the Midianites, he sure doesn’t have any chance now. “So the three hundred men took people’s provisions [for the journey] and their trumpets [made of rams’ horns] in their hands. And Gideon sent [away] all the other men of Israel, each to his tent, but kept the three hundred men. And the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.”

“So the three hundred men took people’s provisions [for the journey] and their trumpets [made of rams’ horns] in their hands. And Gideon sent [away] all the other men of Israel, each to his tent, but kept the three hundred men. And the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.”

– Judges 7:8 AMP

Like 2 Corinthians 12:9, God’s strength manifests in my weakness. 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

– 2 Corinthians 12:9

There are times when your human mind tells you to do something one way, but God is impressing upon you to trust Him. 

Sometimes, you have a plan AND the means to execute it perfectly. Yet, sometimes God tells you to do it His way. 

It’s only human to doubt when you don’t have a plan. After all, ‘great men make great plans’. But what happens when your plans do south. 

It takes courage and maturity to recognize that although our plans may come to fruition, the outcome may not. We can’t control outcomes because we can’t control other people. 

Therefore, when we learn to trust God and his plans, we have a guaranteed assurance that the outcome will be good. Be well because the omnibenevolent God is in control of the outcomes, so why worry? 

What does it mean when you don’t obey God when He tells you to do something according to His plan? It means sin. It also means uncertainty. We have an assurance that God’s going to deliver you when you trust Him. 


Call To Action 

Are you at crossroads of a big decision and you’re utterly torn? 

Is the deadline for a major decision rapidly approaching? Are you still conflicted? 

Go to your quiet place. Don’t look at the time. Get lost in your meditation in the presence of God, for the presence of God creates an atmosphere of Grace.


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