And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. Judges 7:21
God had met the need of His dear servant Gideon, by giving him a third assurance or sign of victory. The Lord instructed Gideon to take his personal servant and sneak down to the Midianite camp. Gideon needed this reassurance, for the sight of the overwhelming enemy was frightful, disconcerting, and unsettling. They were camped together as thick as locusts and had innumerable camels. Courageously, Gideon and his servant snuck close enough to overhear a dream being discussed by two enemy soldiers, probably sentries. One soldier had dreamed about a round loaf of barley bread that came tumbling into the Midianite camp, striking a particular tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed. The two enemy soldiers themselves interpreted the dream as meaning their defeat by Gideon. The round loaf of barley bread represented the small army of Gideon that was to strike and destroy the army of the Midianites.
Overhearing this dream, Gideon immediately knew that the enemy army would collapse – be overturned and overthrown by the miraculous power of God. Victory was assured. As soon as Gideon could reach a safe distance, he fell prostrate upon the ground, giving thanks to God and worshipping Him. He then returned to camp and aroused his 300 soldiers, assuring them that the Lord had given them the victory. We often need our faith strengthened. We need God to help our unbelief, our distrust. We need extra strength to face some trial or temptation when the pressure has us in a vice, squeezing us ever so tightly. The pressure may be coming from some problem or difficulty, trial or temptation such as sickness, loss of job, persecution. On and on, a list could be made of problems, trials, and temptations that regularly put pressure upon us. But the point to see is this: God will strengthen us, meet our need, and deliver us through the trial or temptation. He met Gideon’s need, and He has met the need of every believer down through the centuries who have called upon Him for help. God is always proven faithful; and He will be faithful to us, overcoming the pressure and meeting the needs of our hearts. God will strengthen our faith, enable us to stand strongly and to march through life victoriously.
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