When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream. The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” (Judges 7:5-7 NLT)
Beloved, our feature text tells the narrative of how the Lord selected the warriors that would go along with Gideon to fight His battle and it always amazes me.
First, the Lord says to Gideon… tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight (Judges 7:3 NLT).
Well, at least they were honest. However, what did the Lord do next? The next test was to see how the remaining would handle their personal needs… God said to Gideon: “Everyone who laps with his tongue… set on one side. And everyone who kneels to drink, drinking with his face to the water, set to the other side.” Three hundred lapped with their tongues from their cupped hands. All the rest knelt to drink. God said to Gideon: “I’ll use the three hundred men who lapped at the stream to save you and give Midian into your hands. All the rest may go home.” (Judges 7:5-7 NLT)
Beloved, we see here that though the first group had to quench their thirst, thier posture shows that they were still alert. However, as for the other group, from their posture, you can see that they were engrossed in meeting their own need. With these ones, the enemy can easily come and bounce on them taking them by surprise because they are not alert.
Send them home, the Lord said (Judges 7:7). They are not ready for the kind of battle I am sending you on… So Gideon collected the provisions and rams’ horns of the other warriors and sent them home. But he kept the 300 men with him… (Judges 7:8 NLT)
Beloved, people always ask me how come I’m able to keep going after all I’ve been through (and trust me when I say I’ve been through some things). Well, the Bible says… having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:13 NKJV).
Jesus said… The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by THE WORRIES OF THIS LIFE… so no fruit is produced (Mark 4:18-19 NLT).
THE WORRIES OF THIS LIFE… are you always alert or are you one that gets buried in your own issues? Could that be disqualifying you? It’s time to raise your head up and focus on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)