Read: Judges 7:1-8, 17
During the time of
the judges, the children of Israel
did evil in the sight of the Lord and were consequently delivered into the
hands of the Midianites for seven years (Judg 6:1). Through their groaning the
Lord raised a judge named Gideon, who fought and triumphed over their
oppressors. Judges chapter 7 records the selection of the soldiers in
preparation for the battle. Thirty-two thousand men came out but only three
hundred were found worthy for battle. So what made these three hundred soldiers
more worthy than the others?
were fearless and courageous. They displayed courage when they refused to
return home after they were given the opportunity at the well of Harod.
Instead, they willingly chose to stay with Gideon to fight against their
oppressors. As Christians, we must also willingly answer the Lord’s call and
stand firm when called to fight. We must defend the truth with courage, for the
Lord will deliver our enemies into our hands if we trust and stand strong in
These men were
also watchful and vigilant. Lapping water from their hands instead of kneeling
showed that they were on constant, high alert. They would be able to defend if
the enemy was to make a surprise attack. Those who knelt to lap water from the
river did not display vigilance or self-control, and it would be easy for them
to be caught unaware.
Our adversary the
devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking any chance to devour us, and it
is important that we stay sober and vigilant at all times (1 Pet 4:8). This is
achieved through daily prayers and Bible reading. If we slack in our communion
with God, we may unexpectedly find ourselves far away from Him and in the
clutches of the evil one.
No one enters into
battle without preparation. The Israelites who went to war prepared food,
weaponry and their trumpets. We, too, need to equip ourselves for war and put
on the full armor of God. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but
against the rulers of darkness (Eph 6:11-18), and only when we are prepared are
we able to defeat the powers of darkness.
A battle cannot be
effective unless the soldiers are obedient to their commander. The three
hundred men did according to what Gideon instructed and went forth in one mind
and one heart to gain victory over the Midianites. A spiritual battle is only
won by submitting to the Lord Jesus Christ and His church. He is our commander
and we are His soldiers. We need to listen to the commandments of Christ and march together in unity with our brethren. We need to build
up the church and fight the spiritual battle as one body—with one heart and
The three hundred
strong men defeated the Midianites, and all of Israel enjoyed forty years of
peace. Not only were the men willing, courageous, alert, and prepared, they
were submissive to Gideon and the Lord their God. As Christian soldiers we need
to strive to possess these characteristics so that we will also be found worthy
when called to battle.
Questions for reflection:
can we do to prepare ourselves for a spiritual battle?
2. What are some of the spiritual
battles we face today?