It is the middle of the night. Gideon went from terror - to praise, when he heard an enemy soldier say that he believed Gideon was going to defeat them.
After falling to his knees to worship, and praise, and thank God, Gideon springs into action.
Did God give him this plan or did he make it up? Doesn't say. I think he made it up. His heart was pounding, his brain was racing and in the time it took to get from the edge of the enemy camp back to his small band of 300, I think a plan had formulated.
"Get up and get going! God has just given us the Midianite army!"
16 -18 He divided the three hundred men into three companies. He gave each man a trumpet and an empty jar, with a torch in the jar. He said, "Watch me and do what I do. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly what I do. When I and those with me blow the trumpets, you also, all around the camp, blow your trumpets and shout, 'For God and for Gideon!'"
Brilliant. Make it appear that every one of the three hundred was the announcer for the impending attack of the huge army (that wasn't there). And so it was...
19 -22 "Gideon and his hundred men got to the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after the sentries had been posted. They blew the trumpets, at the same time smashing the jars they carried. All three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands, ready to blow, and shouted, "A sword for God and for Gideon!" They were stationed all around the camp, each man at his post. The whole Midianite camp jumped to its feet. They yelled and fled. When the three hundred blew the trumpets, God aimed each Midianite's sword against his companion, all over the camp. They ran for their lives—to Beth Shittah, toward Zererah, to the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath."
NOW the real army mobilizes. 23 "Israelites rallied from Naphtali, from Asher, and from all over Manasseh. They had Midian on the run.
24 Gideon then sent messengers through all the hill country of Ephraim, urging them, "Come down against Midian! Capture the fords of the Jordan at Beth Barah."
25 So all the men of Ephraim rallied and captured the fords of the Jordan at Beth Barah. They also captured the two Midianite commanders Oreb (Raven) and Zeeb (Wolf)."
This is one of the most amazing stories in the entire Bible. And it started with a man, in a hole, hiding, in total defeat. His faith grew little by little as he saw God work in his life.
I AM Gideon. Am I in hole? Am I seeing God work in my life? Or am I ready to let God do amazing things?