Judges 7:1-18 Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod. And the camp of Midian was north of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley...
So Gideon rises to the challenge and rallies 32,000 men to fight. He's, no doubt, thinking this is the army that defeats the Midianites. But God has other plans and decreases Gideon's forces to a mere 300 men. Think about that...32,000 down to 300. Yikes! But Gideon completely goes with God--no doubting, no questions.
So did you catch why the army was decreased? Because God knew that if Gideon and his army of 32,000 were victorious they wouldn't give the credit to God but would take it for themselves. "The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest they boast over me, saying 'My own hand has saved me'" (Judges 7:2).
So have you ever "boasted over" God? I sure have. Definitely not a wise thing to do because it feeds and builds that prideful "all about me" syndrome. :( So how do we avoid a boasting mindset? And when we do make the mistake of boasting over God, what can we do to correct it? Tami W.
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