Trusting God Against All Odds (Judges 7:2)
Judges 7:2 Therefore, the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
God intended to deliver Israel from the hands of Midian at the hands of Gideon. However, He also intended to make it very clear who gave them the victory. Lest Israel, in pride, take credit for their deliverance; God would make clear it was He who delivered them.
Why does it seem like God likes to use an underdog? Just think, He used a shepherd boy with a stone and sling to kill a giant covered in armor and trained in warfare (I Samuel 17), the Israelites walking around to topple a walled city (Joshua 6), and a man with donkey's jawbone to kill 1,000 men (Judges 15). God shows His might when the odds are against us.
However, there are times when God makes the situation seem worse in order to show His power. Take Gideon for example. The Midianites and Amalekites had come upon Israel to destroy it. The Bible says they were like grasshoppers for multitude and as the sand of the sea. When Gideon called for troops, 32,000 men responded. While this was a decent number of people, they were still incredibly outnumbered.
However, God told Gideon that there were too many for Him to give Israel the victory. The reason was because He didn't want Israel to think they had done it. They were greatly outnumbered, but if God gave them the victory, they would have thought they did it themselves.
God told Gideon to let the fearful return home, and he was left with only 10,000 troops. However, this was still too many so God then reduced the number down to 300. We would think 32,000 against a multitude compared to the sands of the sea would be a miracle, and 10,000 men against that many would surely show God's power, but God wanted to make a point by using only 300 men armed with pitchers, torches and trumpets. He made it clear to Israel, the Midianites and Amalekites, and everyone else who heard the story that God did it.
God can do the same thing in our lives. It always seems that God has a strange way of fighting battles. God wants us to trust in Him even when life is hard and it seems all odds are stacked up against us. Maybe He wants to use you to show that He is still mighty. Maybe you have been asked to teach a Sunday school class and you don't think you are able to do it. Maybe you have been put in a difficult situation financially and you don't know how you can pay your bills. Trust God to provide what you need, and see His promises work. When God takes our impossible situations and works them out He receives the glory He deserves. Trust Him with your impossible situations today.
PRAYER: Lord, too often, through the eyes of the flesh, I see my battles bigger than You. Help me to trust in You and see them as You see them. There is never a problem I encounter that is greater than You. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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