|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 (1 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). The stories go on and on – 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 – that their strategy and warriors were superior to those of the Midianites – not that God did it.
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. This story is not the only one of its kind in the Bible. Jesus, when He heard that Lazarus was sick, delayed until Lazarus had died in order to raise Him from the dead. He could have gone and healed him, and people would have been amazed, but they could have still accredited it to Lazarus getting better naturally. Jesus allowed him to die in order to prove His power over death so there was no mistaking the fact that God did it.
God can do the same thing in our lives. 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.