GideonA few is more than one and less than several.  /Sometimes./  Many of us would feel safe to say that we have a lot of acquaintances, and we may even like some of them.  /Sometimes./  But when push comes to shove, we have only a few true/blue friends; those who stick with us through thick and thin, and walk beside us through hell and high water.  Oh yes, I know the names of these friends of mine.  There’s hardly a richer blessing. 

I like that word, few; it gives me wiggle room.  There can be no number affixed to few.  I am also fond of the word, perhaps.  It allows me to make a supposition or answer a question, yet without saying anything.  Now, perhaps, I’m about to make a point.  We’ll see. 

Scripture records that our omniscient Lord created mankind to accomplish magnificent even miraculous feats for His glory.  Countless accounts of chosen individuals with sin-sick hearts, with their own self-serving agendas in place, did not accept their assignments eagerly (Noah, Moses, Esther, Rahab, Simon Peter, Saul of Tarsus, and Mary Magdalene).  Many of God’s appointed crusaders never quite grasped the significance of their calling, with some embracing martyrdom before witnessing the effects of their cause.  For those He calls, He empowers.  Omnipotent God created in them a new heart and steadfast spirit, refashioning their being into becoming Holy, yes Holy in His sight.  Only then, did these lovers of their own souls choose and succumb to their Almighty God’s ordained decrees.

When we reflect on God’s selection of a few like-minded servants to deliver a specific task the 11 disciples would likely come to mind.  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.... teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  The divine commission was coupled with a divine promise, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  At some pivotal juncture, each of these men would come to this realization, “It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.” 

Now, let’s give the Old Testament equal time.  Gideon was a great military leader of Israel.  God sent him and an army of 22,000 to conquer the Midianites.  When Gideon arrived near the Midianite Fort God told him to reduce his army to 300 men.  God didn’t want Israel to become arrogant but to understand that He was indeed the source needed to supply all of their needs.  Our loving God desires us to trust Him completely.  Our God is sovereign.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. (Ephesians 3:20-21)  If we are unable to trust God in everything, we are unable to trust Him in anything.  “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” .... a few is enough, a few is plenty!

“Did we in our own strength confide...
Our striving would be losing
Christ Jesus, It is He
From age to age the same
And He must win the battle.”

Danny Byrum