Are the Odds Against You ?
In Judges 7, when Israel cried out to the Lord to deliver them from the Midianites, He gave Gideon the impossible assignment of leading Israel into battle. But Gideon protested. “Who am I? I am the least in my family, my family is the least in my clan, my clan is the least in my tribe, and my tribe is the least in Israel.”
Gideon was totally inadequate for this role. He was a farmer with absolutely no military experience. The Midianites were a far superior army. And they outnumbered Israel four to one.
But the Lord did a strange thing. As if the odds were not bad enough, He reduced Gideon’s small army even further to only 300 men. The Midianites had an army of 140,000! Talking about being outnumbered; for every one of Gideon’s men, there were now more than 450 heavily armed Midianite soldiers.
“Then the Lord said to Gideon, ‘By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand.’ ” (Judges 7:7 NKJV)
This was humanly impossible, but God did exactly what He said. We read in chapter 8:28, “Thus Midian was subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted their heads no more. And the country was quiet for forty years in the days of Gideon.”
Child of God, have you received a negative report from your doctor? Have you lost your job and can’t see how you will make it financially? Do you have things to do that are far beyond your natural ability? Are you tempted to give in to despair and hopelessness ?
Before you do, think of Gideon. The truth is, when God is on your side, the odds can never be against you. When God is for you, the odds are always in your favor! God plus you equals success. God plus you equals victory.