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'The Odds are Impossible'

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2015 | 7:00 AMDwight Fletcher
DWIGHT FLETCHER
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Lack of resources can make us feel that the odds against us are impossible, especially in a world where the systems, economic challenges, crime and joblessness make it seem impossible for any significant change and improvement. But even when the odds are stacked against us, God is still for us!

The Israelites did not have the resources to help themselves. The Bible says "... Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help." (Judges 6:6 NLT). Hearing their cries, the Lord sent a prophet to show them the road to change.

So how is change effected?

1. God chooses people to lead the change.

Gideon was the answer to their prayer. The 'Angel of the Lord' said to Gideon: "Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!" (Judges 6:12 NLT). Gideon - oppressed, impoverished, and fearful - was God's hero.

It doesn't matter where you are from, God wants to use you to be His change agent. When we step out of our comfort zone to make a change, it is natural for doubt to flood our minds as it flooded Gideon's mind.

2. God is not daunted or

constrained by our excuses.

Gideon had two main excuses:

i. In response to God's call, Gideon replied: "...if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?" (Judges 6:13 NLT). Gideon questioned because he was doubtful.

Maybe you have felt the same way, your heart burning to make a change, but feeling you cannot do it. But God calls you 'Mighty Warrior'!

ii. Gideon's second excuse: "But Lord... how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest..." (Judges 6:15 NLT). Gideon looked at himself and saw what everyone else saw. He didn't realise that the spiritual was even more important than the physical, and when he got spiritually aligned with God, what was impossible became possible.

Where have you been making excuses? When God is in it, all you need is to be available.

3. God works mightily when the deck is stacked against us.

Gideon then assembles an army of 32,000 men. However, the enemy had gathered 135,000 men. Gideon was outnumbered but still ready to fight. Then "The Lord said to Gideon, 'You have too many warriors with you.'." (Judges 7:2 NLT).

What was God doing? The Lord loves to arrange situations that cause Him to get the glory. "The Lord told Gideon, 'There are still too many! ... I will test them to determine who will go with you...'" (Judges 7:4 NLT). At the end, only 300 men were left to fight.

4. God asks us to trust his uncommon logic.

Why did God call Gideon a 'Mighty Warrior'? As the story unfolds, we see it was because he chose to exercise his ability to trust God even when it did not make logical sense.

If you dream of a better reality for you, your family and your community or the surrounding situation, it is your time to stand up and fight. We serve a God who is fighting for you. You + God = The Majority.

5. God calls us to respond with bold obedience.

When we decide to do God's will, He will keep us motivated to respond with bold obedience.

Gideon had to go forward with full confidence with 300 men. So He gave Gideon a dream and "Gideon ....returned to the Israelite camp and shouted, 'Get up! For the Lord has given you victory over the Midianite hordes! He... gave each man a ram's horn and a clay jar..." (Judges 7:9-11 NLT).

God not only gave them impossible odds, but He gave them victory through unconventional wisdom so that He alone got the glory. By blowing ram's horns and breaking clay jars, Gideon's 'army' confused the enemy and caused them to turn on and kill each other.

Are the odds stacked against you? The right thing to do is to align yourself with God, obey and watch Him move. Rise up Mighty Warrior!