In the days of Gideon, Israel did “that which is evil in the sight of the LORD” (Judges 6:1). Therefore the LORD will deliver them into the hand of the Midianites, who will pass through the land every year, plundering and destroying, seven years long. "Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD." (Judges 6:6) He then sent a prophet to remind the Israelites that the LORD had delivered them from Egypt and given them the land of Canaan. And that they should not despise the covenant relationship with Him through idolatry. See Deuteronomy 28 verse 15. Yet Gideon is called by the LORD to deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. He says to Gideon, "Because I will be with you, you will strike Midian as if it were only one man." (Judges 6:16)
First, Gideon is instructed to tear down the altar his father had dedicated to the idol Baal and to build an altar to the Lord. Then the battle against the Midianites is prepared. The army of 32,000 that Gideon mustered is too numerous in the sight of the LORD. It must not be that Israel could say, "My own hand has redeemed me!" (Judges 7:2)
Gideon must send away those who fear battle.Twenty-two thousand men depart; ten thousand remain in the camp on Mount Gilboa. Still too much in God's eyes. Gideon is to bring the people down to the waters of the spring of Harod, and the men who drink from it by bringing the water to their mouths are chosen. An army of three hundred men remains. Such a small army seems hopeless against the numerous Midianites, but God is with them!
The realization that it is God who saves is also evident in the life of Jonathan:
‘Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.’ 1 Samuel 14 verse 6.
The church of Christ in our time has a spiritual battle against all spiritual enemies of God. In this battle, too, victory is achieved through God's help.
‘f God be for us, who can be against us?’ Romans 8:31.