Read: Judges 7:2-8
Military generals always want to have massive armies to accomplish their mission. For them, having more is always better than falling short on numbers. For no general would want to face an enemy which has a larger force than his.
When Gideon recruited an army of 32,000 men to stand against the Midianites, the Lord told him, “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’” (Judges 7:2). So the Lord began to reduce Gideon’s army. When the fearful were allowed to leave, 22,000 men went home (Judges 7:3). The Lord did a second reduction of the force from the remaining 10,000 to 300 troops, of whom He said, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand” (Judges 7:7). Later the events happened just as God had said (Judges 7:19-23).
In our life of faith, our resources can often become the enemy of trust. God wants us to depend on Him alone, and not on our own resources, whether physical, intellectual, or financial. When the Lord reduces our resources from “32,000 to 300,” it is not punishment. It is in fact preparation for Him to be glorified through our lives as we acknowledge Him alone and trust His power and provision. We need to always keep in mind that nothing is impossible with our great God (Matt. 19:26).