“I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
We were watching the movie, 300 the other day. You’ve probably all seen or heard about it, but, I just made a connection in the Spiritual sense.
You remember in the story of the 300, the Persians are about to invade Greece. They out-number the Spartans by thousands…but the Spartans seemingly have no fear of them. Xerses is an evil king. If you watch the movie, you will see the utter degradation of his rule. At one point in the movie, he tells a man with physical disabilities, and I paraphrase: “The Commander of the Spartan Army asks that you stand…I only ask that you kneel before me…” It reminds me of Our Commander, Jesus…and the devil. God tells us that when we have done all we can do in a fight for the right…just to stand; but the devil wants to bring us to our knees. I would rather fall on my knees willingly in worship before a God who loves, and cares for me, than to be brought to my knees in despair by Satan!
Anyway…back to the story. There were only 300 men that fought Xerses, but they fought with courage and heart. Keep in mind however, they fought in their own strength. The Babylonian soldiers in the days of Gideon were no different. The Bible says they were powerful, as well as prideful…their “strength was their god.” Hab. 1:11
In the story of Gideon, we find, he had an army of over thirty-two thousand men. God did not want this same kind of self-reliance that the Babylonian soldiers had to infect the armies of Israel when they went to battle with the Midianites. So he told Gideon that he had too many men in his army. “I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me'” Judges 7:2 So, everyone that was fearful, was dismissed and sent home. There were still 10,000 fighters left. God downsized that army until there were only 300 men left. The Midianites were as “thick as locusts” Judges 7:12; but, in the end, God gave the victory to Gideon’s small band of 300 soldiers!
The lesson in all of this? God sometimes allows us to be in a “tight spot” so that we will rely on HIS strength and power to take care of our needs. We don’t need to fight in our own strength, but we should allow HIM to do battle for us and deliver our “enemy” (whatever that may be in your situation; ie: poverty, sickness, wayward children, cheating spouses, etc.) into our hands. Then, and only then, can we give God ALL the glory He deserves!
By: Anita Mondragon 2016