We are not the first followers of God to face overwhelming odds. In Judges 7, Gideon led only 300 Israelites against the Midianites, who were as numerous as locusts with camels “as numerous as the sand on the seashore” (Jdg. 7:12). Even more alarmingly, the weapons chosen for Gideon’s army were a trumpet, a torch, and a pitcher. Yet God gave the Israelites a complete victory over their enemies. Let’s notice how the weapons God has given us are surprisingly similar to Gideon’s soldiers.
We too have a trumpet – the Word of God. God’s word will set us free from ignorance, self-destruction, and sin (Jn. 8:32). His word will sanctify us and make us fit for accomplishing holy tasks in God’s eternal kingdom (Jn. 17:17). Finally, God word will light the way to eternal life (Ps. 119:130). Like a trumpet, the Word must be sounded forth so that all hear its call.
Gideon’s men were also given pitchers. Pitchers are used by servants. We are called to be servants. We must prove ourselves servants of our fellow Christians (Gal. 6:10), our employers (Eph. 6:5-6), and even our enemies (Lk 6:35). Pitchers are also containers – the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in containers of pottery, just like pitchers. We too are to be containers, or vessels, in the work of God – prepared for the practical uses necessary to accomplish God’s purposes (2 Tim. 2:20-21).
Finally, we are to be torches. We are to be lights and examples to the world (Mt 5:14-16). We should be a source of light bringing truth and hope to a world lost in darkness and hopelessness. We will influence others for good or bad (Rom. 14:7). We should be leading them to a closer relationship with God.