Judges 7:5 (NIV) ~ So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink.”
All the men camped at the spring of Harod, thirty-two thousand in number. Then, God gave them all a choice. He said to them, “Anyone who trembles in fear may turn back.” So, ten-thousand turned back. Last of all, God said to Gideon, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink.” Only three hundred kneeled down to drink. With the results of this simple request, Gideon’s army was now reduced from twenty-two thousand to only three hundred, to fight a huge army. In the natural there seemed no logic in this approach by Gideon. But God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. God brought them down to only three hundred so no one could boast in the size of the army, or the hand of flesh to defeat an army. So it would not be might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Living God; with men who were committed to Him.
On the day of battle there may be many who will stand beside you in lip service, only to find when the trumpet is sounded and the battle charge is given, they turn away. To lap up the water with your tongue shows a selfish attitude, as you cannot watch out for one another, nor can you see what is happening around you to fight the enemy, compared to kneeling down, drinking yet still alert, watching, looking out for your fellow soldier and ready to use your sword whenever called upon from a starting position. Therefore, we are always prepared for battle even when we are kneeling down.
The Bible says of the three hundred in Judges 8:4 (NIV), “Gideon and the three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit came to the Jordan and crossed it.” They had a different spirit, one which never gave up until the mission was accomplished. Even when they were tired, they kept up the pursuit. They let nothing stand in their way, not even the Jordan river. They were men with a purpose, driven by a cause, faithful to a vision, totally committed to God’s word.
My friend, in life we may find those who are all dressed up in their battle uniforms, who talk a good game, who even have their face down towards the water lapping up the water, filling their own little corner with selfish motives without a care about those who are next to them. Then when the rally call is given they are found wanting. Then, there are those who kneel, who are always on alert, looking out for those next to them, with their hand by their side holding their sword, and drinking water with the other hand. They are God-centred, and purpose driven, they never give up and nothing will stop them from fulfilling their mission from the Lord.
The army has a motto, “We are only looking for a few good men,” God, in our text for today, was “only looking for a few good men”. It only takes but a “few good men” for God to put huge armies to flight. It only takes but a “few good men” to be totally committed to follow Jesus, to change the world. What kind of man or women of God, are you today? Do you lap up the water with your face down, or kneel with your sword by your side, alert, ready to serve in His army and see the victory won?
God bless you my friend, Matthew.