Judges 7:22 – When they blew 300 trumpets, the Lord set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army, and the army fled.
The seventh chapter of Judges is a wonderful example of the wisdom of the Holy Spirit as He directs Gideon and his 300 fellow Israelites fighting against Midian. The wisdom of God is certainly greater than the multitude of counselors that try to understand simply by means of their natural reasoning. God’s people must move by faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
The Lord had Gideon send home thousands of his countrymen because there were too many for God to use. The scripture says that Midian’s army was like the “sand of the sea.” The natural man would have said “the more the better”, but the Spirit of God said, “I only need 300 to defeat the enemy.”
Israel failed to enter the land under Moses leadership when the Lord said, “Now.” They took things into their own hands by sending spies into the land of the Canaanites. The Lord simply said “Go in and take the land that I have given you.” He did not instruct them to send the twelve spies. He allowed them to do it their way, but later had to judge that generation for their “unbelief,” produced by not initially obeying the Lord’s command.
Faith is not driven by the rational, but by the Spirit of God. In the New Testament, the Lord confused the enemy’s plans by sending His only begotten Son with the purpose of Christ Jesus going to the cross and dying for the sins of unregenerate man. “God’s wisdom, which none of the rulers of this age have understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8). In the Father’s wisdom, He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand, a man, raised to rule. In His wisdom, those that receive Christ as Lord and God now have authority over the kingdom of darkness in their personal life. God’s people, united, can triumph over the enemy and send confusion into the enemy’s camp. The Lord’s people can do this again and again by simply obeying the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Make it your determination not to reject the Lord’s plans, as foolish as they might sound to your rational mind. Confirm His leadings by the Word of God and walk closely with others that trust the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Pray always that your spirit may be sensitive to His directions.