Faith is a journey of trusting God to do the impossible. Sometimes that includes trusting him to be strategic even when it makes no sense to us.
One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is in the book of Judges and it’s the story of Gideon—an unlikely hero. He was hiding in the cellar when the angel told him he’d do great stuff. “Who me?!?” Ok, so I’m paraphrasing. But pretty much he needed to be convinced. Let me continue with the paraphrase of his story.
Once he started on the journey to lead an army to vanquish the occupying enemy, things got interesting. He got enough street cred to get 32,000 fighting men to follow him. “Yeah, about that,” said God. “You’ve got too many. I need you to see that I did this and not you. So send anyone home who’s scared.” Only 10,000 were left after that announcement. Gulp.
“Yeah, about that….” God whittled it down just a bit more. Like, to 300. “Seriously?!” I’m sure Gideon thought that at least once. I mean 32,000 sounds pretty legit, but 300? Funny/not funny.