“The Lord told Gideon, ‘With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.’So Gideon collected the provisions and rams’ horns of the other warriors and sent them home. But he kept the 300 men with him. The Midianite camp was in the valley just below Gideon. That night the Lord said, ‘Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them! But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah. Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.’


So Gideon took Purah and went down to the edge of the enemy camp. The armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts. Their camels were like grains of sand on the seashore—too many to count! Gideon crept up just as a man was telling his companion about a dream. The man said, ‘I had this dream, and in my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat!’


His companion answered, ‘Your dream can mean only one thing—God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over Midian and all its allies!’ When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship before the Lord.” Judges 7:7-15a (NLT)


Gideon had tested God to confirm his direction first with a sacrifice that was consumed on an altar and then by throwing a fleece out before the Lord. Yet, at every turn, it seemed that Gideon needed to be reassured of God’s working. God told him to reduce his army to three hundred men who would fight Midian. What seemed like an unwelcome military strategy caused Gideon to fear. God told him to not be afraid and provided another confirmation that He was leading Gideon. Gideon went to the edge of the enemy camp and realized that God had gone before Him before He even arrived. The confirmation of God’s leading came through an unlikely source, as the enemy was discussing the interpretation of a dream that the Israelites would have victory over Midian. God used this moment to build Gideon’s faith that He was indeed going to bring a victory. When Gideon recognized God’s working, it caused him to worship and move forward in confidence. 


On the way to where we are going, God confirms his direction in our lives. It may be through a conversation, His Word, a prophecy, or even a dream. Even so, it is still up to God to bring the victory. Too often we can get stuck on needing God to keep confirming His Word through new signs, because we don’t believe what He has already given us. God calls to us to trust Him. If He has given you confirmation of His leading, don’t keep doubting His Word. Anticipate God’s goodness, and be obedient to His direction.  Even before the fulfillment of His Word, we can worship and thank God for how He is working. When we do, we will experience victory no matter how unlikely the circumstances.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. 

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