I really appreciated a sermon my brother-in-law preached over the Canada Day weekend this year. He preached on how Gideon’s army was whittled down from 32,000 to 300 men, a Scripture found in Judges chapter 7.
As Christians, grafted in to Jesus, we know what our destination is. It’s the journey that God is concerned about. Similarly, God wanted Gideon’s journey of defeating the Midianites to be characterized of one where the Israelites were completely and utterly dependent upon Him for the deliverance.
We are not so different from the Israelites. We wander, we’re helpless often at the many challenges thrown our way as we go through life. Sin easily entangles us, as Hebrews reminds us, but somehow everything works together for our good for us who love Him who made us (Romans 8:28). Prayer is crucial to establishing a constructive, two-way dialogue with our Maker.