The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her
This OT passage is a very practical example of what the Lord tells Paul the Apostle, alluded to in the title of this post (2 Cor. 12.7-10).
It is never about human efforts and strength but about the power of Jesus. Paul asked God to take away something that inflicted pain on him, and logically, from a human point of view Paul would be more effective for the Lord in his evangelism if the Lord removed this ‘torn in the flesh’. But the Lord says:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
It is not our own hand that saves us but the hand of the Lord. It is He alone who has paid the price for our sin on the cross. We cannot add to or subtract from that.
Gideon looked weak with his 300 man band, being up against well over a 100.000 enemies. Gideon’s God looked weak too. Didn’t Gideon and his God have enough support to muster more soldiers? But God won the battle with 300 men.
And never did Gideon’s God, the living God look so weak as when he wielded his strength to the ultimate degree, dying for us on a cross.