Never tell me the odds!

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Scripture: 1 Samuel 14:Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will act for us; for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.”

Observation: The Philistines garrison, thousands of warriors strong, had run the Israelites out of their homes up into the hills where they hid out in caves. Jonathan (the young son of King Saul) believed God could give him victory over them – using just himself and his armor bearer. Two guys and only one armed! It’s an act of incredible faith. When God gave him a sign he would be victorious, Jonathan acted and sent the Philistines to flight. I was particularly struck by the final verse in the passage “for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few”. We tend to get hung up on numbers. To defeat a garrison of thousands we would expect to need thousands. God doesn’t see it that way.

Application: I’m a Star Wars buff, as are most people of my generation. One of my favorites lines from the original movie comes when Hans Solo is flying the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field. C3PO says the odds of survival are 3,720 to 1. To which Hans Solo replies, “Never tell me the odds!” Our God is all about doing the impossible. Some of us right now are facing some pretty long odds and we’re feeling discouraged. Doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Today’s story reminds us that, with God, all things are indeed possible. That was true for Jonathan. It’s true for you and me too.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when we’re in a difficult place in life with long odds, give us grace to trust you for the impossible. Amen.

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