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Paul Schneidmill


We've got all kinds of stuff today that make our lives easier.  Many of these are amazing.  There are "high-speed, low-drag you all-the-way-down-the-street" gadgets and gizmos that just boggle the mind.


I'm certain that if I began to mention just a few of the plethora of electronic, cybernetic, hydrostatic, super-dynamic whatzits; you'd probably be familiar with some of them.  You may even admit, "Hey, I've got one of those and it sure is great."        


Though many of these things make our life activities easier, a great majority of them primarily assist us to become lazier.  We definitely don't need to become lazier.  I've seen healthy, in-shape looking folk get on an elevator to just to ride down one floor.


Don't get me wrong, some of these "Cool Tools" serve a necessary purpose, but there are others we really don't need but feel we "just can't live without it." 


When I served in the Army, many times we didn't have the necessary tools we needed to repair our vehicles and equipment after "training" them into the ground.  Often, we'd have to improvise by developing our own tools and components so we could continue to be able to fight and move forward.  


I distinctly remember a saying I we had in the Infantry regarding this.  It said: "We've done so much with so little for so long, we now have the ability to do anything with nothing."  Translation:  "We really don't need much to make it.  We can get by with a lot less."


In the book of Judges, chapters 6 through 8, there's a great, true story that beautifully illustrates this.  


An Israelite gentleman by the name of Gideon was selected by God to put together and lead an army against a combined three-nation army, totaling 135,000 troops.  When Gideon finished his recruiting efforts, 32,000 Israelites volunteered to fight. 


These were not good odds here.  I don't think so, you probably don't think so, and God sure didn't think so.  God determined that the Israelite army was too big.  I know that doesn't make sense because the three opposing armies outnumbered the Israelite army by a little more than 4 to 1.  However, the Bible assures us that God's thoughts are definitely not the same as ours (Isaiah 55:8), and that's a good thing.  Our thoughts are limited.


Follow: God told Gideon to find out who really didn't want to fight, i.e., who may have been a little scared/squeamish, and discharge them.  The first set of early and instant retirement papers totaled 22,000.


God still determined that the army was over strength.  He told Gideon to take his division to a nearby body of water and have them hydrate.  Those who got down on their hands and knees to drink, and lapped like a dog would, had to be dismissed.  Those who knelt and cupped their hands to drink, they would be the group to serve as the primary, and only strike force.


I may be reaching (I do that periodically), but it seems to me that those who knelt and cupped their hands to drink, showed more dignity regarding how they would approach and conduct themselves in certain circumstances/situations.  By kneeling, an appearance is given that they were more alert and vigilant at the waters edge in the event they were ambushed while taking a drink break, en-route to the battle.  They were in engagement range during this time. 


The others appeared less prepared for the disciplines needed to effectively participate in combined and coordinated battle operations.  They got down on all fours to drink and lapped like a dog laps.  To me, this is somewhat indicative of laziness.                         


The kneeling/cupping group may have had more Esprit de Corps and probably would distinguish themselves better in battle... but what do I know...I'm just a retired U.S. Army Infantry soldier.


Anyway, after the second drawdown, Gideon had 300 soldiers left to battle the 135,000 troops that made up the armies of the Amalekites, Midianites, and the "children of the east." (Judges 6:3)  No doubt Gideon's troops were the Old Testament equivalent or better, of our U.S. Army Rangers, Green Beret, Marine Recon, Delta Force, and Navy Seals.


What's really neat is the weaponry they were given by God to use.  These were really "Cool Tools."  Gideon and his army of 300, under the divine, brilliantly strategic planning and execution directives of the Sovereign Commander and Chief of all there is, used a candle, a pitcher, and a trumpet to defeat three armies that outnumbered them 450 to 1.  Read the story.  It's a true story. 


With God, great things can be accomplished with unconventional numbers of people and, as shown in the story, unusual material or "materiel."


So, the next time you're awed by the latest, really cool electronic whatchamacallit thingamajigs, remember that God is the one who makes the "Coolest Tools" there is...why He could even use you in a manner in which He used Gideon and his soldiers to bring about a victorious result.  You could "volunteer" for His service and allow Him to make you am ambassador/representative for Him.


In that, you yourself could become an awesome servant and a "Cool Tool" for God.                         

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