"And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon...[who] became mighty in war, [and] put foreign armies to flight..." Hebrews 11:32, 34
Let's review Gideon's story here.
#1) Gideon is approached by an Angel of the Lord who assures him that he would win the battle against the Midianites (who were oppressing the Israelites at the time). He doubts, he tests, then he worships the Lord.
#2) God asks Gideon to remove the town's Baal idols, and Gideon does, but only under the cover of night because he was fearful.
#3) Then, after getting bailed out of a hanging and getting a mega army to back him up, Gideon still questions the Lord and makes Him prove Himself to make sure that it is indeed the Lord calling Gideon to lead the battle.
God called an unlikely leader as an instrument to deliver His people.
"[then] The Lord said to Gideon, "The people with you are far too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.' Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home...'" Then 22,00 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained."
Gideon stands by and watches as 22,000 men leave. (That's 22,000 sword-bearing bodies that would have been helpful to win this battle against the enemy.)
Maybe the uneasiness has started to set in for Gideon. Maybe he's sweating in fear.
But he still continues on, doing what the Lord commands.
I can picture Gideon looking around and seeing 10,000 people left. Yeah, 10,000 men could still work. He grabs up his sword and takes a step forward, "Ok, let's g-..."
(v4) "And the Lord said to Gideon, "The people are still too many...""
Uh oh. Gideon may be feeling a little more queasy now. "But, hey, the fleece was set out TWICE, so I gotta trust in the Lord. Just, please, Lord, let it be 5,000 men...or even 4,000." (With eyes closed and fingers crossed.)
Nope. Sorry, Gid.. ONLY 300 MEN STAYED. (That's only 3% left over!)
SIDENOTE: The 300 men who remained were men who stayed alert while drinking from their hands - eyes fixed on enemy lines. Whereas the others just fell onto their knees and drank up, unaware that they could be killed by their enemy any second. WE HAVE TO STAY ALERT TO REMAIN A PART OF GOD'S ARMY, otherwise, we become lax and lazy and