Gideon went up by the route of
the nomads east of Nobah and
Jogbehah and fell upon the
This verse highlights Gideon’s executing of a plan. What is seen here is the steady advancement of the army of God to face Midionites. He, unlike many of us, is not just pursuing his goal. He unlike many of us, is not just idly walking into a battle expecting God to do it all. Gideon, has put together a strategy that places his troop in the best position to win the battle.
The text says, he journeyed up the route of the nomads. This strategy could have benefited Gideon in a few ways.
First, it was a road previously traveled, and thus was less likely to prove hazardous.
Gideon was familiar with the past enough to navigate the present.
He understood that nomads had used this path in their travels, and that it would provide his weary soldiers with an easier path to travel.
Have you looked into the past?
Many of us are so concerned with being unique, instructed by our egos, and clouded by our legacy such to that we are determined to overcome by cutting our own path. We ignore the path of the past, determined to make a mark that is unique, insuring that the credit of the victory can be attributed only to us.
But Gideon, looked for any advantage. Navigating a previously used path would allow his troops to conserve energy, as well as avoid injury. When in pursuit of victory, one must take the time to conserve resource and to mitigate damage. Even though he presses forward, he is still in control of the day, managing each moment to position himself for success, and so must we.
Many times we look at the odds, and surrender before the battle. This is seen in our management, as we become loose and careless with our resources, because we have determined they are not enough.
Others mismanage depending on God’s miracle working power.
We know what God can do, and mistakenly put the Lord God to the test by wasting what we have, and assume that God will bring us through. Gideon didn’t take this chance. He knew God had given him the 300, and though He believed God would deliver the troop into his hand, he was prepared to fight, and used his strategy and management to insure he could honor God with the resources God had placed in his hands.
It could be that the Nomads were still distributed on the road. We don’t know this, but what we are sure of is that Gideon and the 300 traveled the path in such a way that the caught the 15,000 of guard.
This is where you should be shouting!!!! Had Gideon had the original number, His odd would have been greater, but he wouldn’t have been able to surprise his opponent! Gideon started out with 30,000 troops, and had them whittled down unto 300 men to take to battle. Because of his low number, chances are, they were able to sneak up the Nomad path and surprise their enemy.
God is going to let you surprise the enemy,
and shock the doubters!
This is where we would shake each other and say, God’s going to let you sneak up on the one who’s trying to sneak up on you! While he came to steal, kill and destroy, God has positioned you to attack and be victorious! God has so situated you, that you will accomplish great things with little, and be ruler over many because of your management of the few.
Yes, you have been faithful over a few, and now God is placing you as ruler over many. God is making your enemy your footstool, even as you stand weary and tired. God is giving you the strength to overcome because you believe and trust Him, despite what you see, and hear from others. You know God is with you, so persevere and press on!!!
I’ll conclude with this observation and truth. Winning the battle is not just about the plan, but its about timing. Had the troop been aware/suspecting, the results could have been different.
Many of us have lost battles, not because our plan was wrong, or that we didn’t hear from God, but we moved forward before it was time.
Yes we must pursue with faith, and attack knowing we are favored, but we must execute our strategy with such timing, that it honors God with more than faith, but with patience and stewardship. We must listen to God, while waiting for him to open the door, and not attempt to force doors open ourselves.