The way God whittled down Gideon’s army was far from random. First, He had Gideon send home all who were afraid. Second, it seems God further narrowed down the army based on who was wiser when it came to drinking water. The remaining force of three hundred men was small in number yet the bravest and wisest of Israel’s army. In much the same way, God has chosen “armies” for each of us—fellow believers to stand shoulder to shoulder with us in life, no matter what may come our way.
Who is in your army? Perhaps it is a parent, who has modeled the humble, sacrificial love of Christ. Perhaps it is a long-term friend who has shown you what faithfulness looks like. Perhaps it is the teacher or pastor who has demonstrated how important it is to understand and live out the gospel. God chose Gideon’s army; He has chosen yours too. And just as with Gideon’s, He knows exactly whom you need in your battles to fight alongside you, encourage you, and speak strength into your heart.
Whom has God placed into your life as your army? When was the last time you thanked Him for them? When was the last time you thanked them for standing faithfully by you?