For the last few weeks I have been teaching about Gideons army of 300. What kind of men that they were and what it took for them to be one of the 300. After careful consideration, I concluded that what it takes to be one of Gideons men is what it takes to be a Christian, serving in the church of Jesus Christ today. So with that said, let’s take look at a few of the wonderful (and sometimes down right scary) qualities of these 300.
Judges 6:1 says The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. (NIV) The greatest threats to the nation of Israel had overrun them. Moses had warned them in Deut 4:15 - 31 not to have anything to do with idolatry. But there they were, worshipping Baal and Asherah.
What is so surprising about this is that the Israelites didn’t even know it. They thought that the problem was the Midianites, not their false worship of Ball and Asherah. Obviously, as we will see later, Gideon and his 300 didn’t fall into this trap. They knew who they were fighting and why they were doing it.
Many Christians today are much like the Israelites. They call on God for help with their needs, but they don’t want Him to change them. Years ago I was counseling a young man who had more problems than I knew what to do with. One day I asked him what he did to relax. He confessed to me that he would smoke some marijuana. Well after a few more questions I uncovered a whole history of drug abuse.
When I suggested that he get the help that he needed for his drug problem, he refused. “I don’t have a problem. God and I are OK.” And people wonder why my right eye twitches when I hear stuff like that?
The question you need to ask yourself today is, are you addressing what God wants to really address, or are you just trying to get God to bless your mess? Gideons 300 was addressing what God wanted to address (FYI - it wasn’t the Midianites)