Judges 7:2-4b, 7a NIV, emphasis my own.
“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, announce now to the people, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’ So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. But the Lord said to Gideon, ‘There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there.’ The Lord said to Gideon, ‘With the three hundred men that lapped I WILL SAVE YOU and give the Midianites into your hands.'”
God ultimately sifted Gideon’s army from 32,000 to 300 men, and He brought them victory when it seemed impossible.
Sometimes God will sift your resources, finances, and solutions.
Your bank account gets so low you can’t use your debit card to get gas.
All the treatments the doctors recommended have failed you.
Everything you do to “fix” your situation backfires.
When things get so bad, and victory seems impossible, or when you’re out of answers and resources and nearly out of hope, Almighty God can step in and do what only HE can do – and He will receive ALL the glory.
When the miraculous happens, you can’t credit it to your salary, the medical experts, or your intelligence.
You’ll know the victory is from God and God alone.
Doubt will never tarnish it. The enemy won’t be able to hide it under a pile of lies. And the faithless will be silenced when it happens – even if they try to speak, their words will have no credibility as you bask in the glow of God’s unfailing love and faithful provision.
Of course, God can use the resources He’s provided to rescue you. He can increase your finances and wisdom. He can use doctors to bring about healing. But He jealously longs for you to know it’s HIS doing.
God will not share His glory with another.
Oh, precious soul. If God has sifted your resources and you’re holding onto mere fragments of what you once thought could save you, hit your knees and acknowledge that this is beyond you. Cry out to God, admit that you need Him and His miraculous rescue, and BELIEVE He still performs miracles today.
Because He does.