Week 3 Day 3 has got my mind reeling like crazy.
In the Gideon Study, Priscilla Shirer points out that over 2/3 of the army was fearful and afraid and were allowed to resign from the battle. See Judges 7:3 “Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.”
And that God actually has a history and pattern of allowing the fearful to exit the battle as shown in Deut 20 entitled in my Bible Concerning War. “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you…Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you…The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart…when the officers have finished speaking to the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.”
This reminds me so much of the story of the 12 spies and my 4:00 am blog called Hmmm…. Believe God?
Looking over this and talking to God about it, I was agreeing that no, not everyone is cut out for spiritual warfare and battle. Many – in Gideon’s case over 2/3 – are too fearful and afraid. All this time I thought that the warriors were supposed to encourage and rub off on and help change the minds of the fearful when actually, it is the other way around. The fearful are separated from the warriors so that the fear of the fearful does not rub off on the warriors.
She goes on to share that these principals hold true in war today and that military tacticians agree that positive morale is one of the most critical weapons in a soldier’s arsenal and that a panic-stricken soldier is the fastest way for a soldier’s optimism to fail.
Wow… great food for thought.