The Valiant 300
And the LORD said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’”
Can you imagine watching over two-thirds of your small army departing out of fear, when the enemy army is camping nearby? The enemy army is described as being “as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude” (Judg. 7:12).
Why did these 22,000 men fear if they knew the Lord was on their side? Why did they fail to trust God to fight on their behalf? This is the fear that sets in when we turn away from the Lord, when we fail to continually abide in His presence and reject His ways. Our faith decreases, our trust in the Lord vanishes.
Still, the Lord saw that pride in the hearts of the remaining 10,000 would steal His glory, so He tested them again. They were brought to the river, where 9,700 men let down their guard, fell to their knees, and drank from the river. Only three hundred stood, scooping water with their hand so they could remain watchful, ready, and prepared. It was these three hundred that were counted worthy by the Lord to press on and see the miraculous victory that He brought that night. So many men answered the call to battle, but few were chosen to move forward. Few had remained loyal to the Lord, few remained unafraid, few remained watchful and vigilant.
History repeats itself, as the fearful and afraid continue to walk away while the loyal and steadfast press on to see the impossible victory that the Lord brings. Do you stand on the rock, or the shifting sand? Will you join the three hundred, or will you walk away with the multitude?
For MANY are called, but FEW are chosen. (emphasis mine)