Judges 8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna (kings of Midian and enemies of Israel) were in Karkor with their army, about fifteen thousand men, all who were left of all the army of the people of the east; for one hundred twenty thousand men bearing arms had fallen. 11 So Gideon went up by the caravan route east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and attacked the army; for the army was off its guard. 12 Zebah and Zalmunna fled; and he pursued them and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and threw all the army into a panic.
We’re told the kings of Midian had a surviving army of 15,000 men after 120,000 of their men had already been killed. That’s a lot of dead soldiers! How many men did Gideon have in his army, fighting on behalf of Israel? 300. That’s not a typo. God sent Gideon with only 300 warriors to oppose the Midianite army of 135,000. How is it possible Gideon would be victorious? With God all things are possible.
I’ve been doing some teaching on the practice of Sabbath. For most busy people, the idea of setting aside one entire day each week for rest and renewal can sound about as likely as 300 men defeating 135,000 men in battle. If we work seven days per week and struggle to get everything done, how can we possibly cut that down to six days? Sounds crazy, and yet… With God all things are possible.
Some of you are facing overwhelming challenges right now. When you look at your situation it seems hopeless. I get it. I’ve been there many times. Here’s what I have to remember when faced with overwhelming odds. With God all things are possible. Lord help us to remember this important truth. Amen.