Overwhelmed by the Odds

Posted: May 19, 2013 in Uncategorized


Have you ever faced challenges in your life that you just could not see a way through? When you considered the odds against you, were they overwhelming? I am certain that you have, because we all do. I have the privilege to speak to a group of soldiers this morning at Victory Ranch, and I thought about a man named Gideon in the book of Judges.

Word has come of overwhelming odds in the form of the Midianites. Gideon has a meager army of 32,000 men, poorly equipped. The Midianites are coming with a much larger army, and with much more sophisticated weaponry. Gideon cries out to God for help, and what happens next is almost shocking.

God promises to deliver Gideon, but only if he reduces the size of his army. God says you have “too many” soldiers. So God says, “Tell everyone who is afraid to go home.” And 22,000 leave. Are you kidding? Only 10,000 men left to fight. But God says, “There are still too many.” And once again God instructs Gideon to reduce the number, this time by telling them to drink water at the edge of a stream. All who scoop the water into their hand and drink by lapping it, while keeping watch are to remain. So the army this time is reduced to only 300 men. And it is with only 300 men that God rescues Gideon.

Why? So that there is no doubt it has nothing to do with Gideon’s clever strategies and military prowess. It is so only God can get the glory. What overwhelming odds are challenging you today? An illness? A financial crisis? A family matter? Your job? Fear of what you may face tomorrow?

God is incredibly in love with you, the Bible teaches. He waits for you to cry out to Him and trust Him with all your heart. Prov. 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

Cry out to the Lord Jesus today. God’s Word promises, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord, will be saved.” (Rom. 10:13)


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