Monday, May 12, 2008

God Uses Underdogs

Opportunity Knocking: Part 1

I am sure you have heard the old saying, "Opportunity Knocks". By this we mean that things are looking favorable. We have been offered the “perfect” job or we have been given a tip on some good stocks or we have been invited to the event which give us the chance to meet and network with some important people.

From our perspective when things are looking up and favorable we can hear opportunity knocking. I believe that if we look from God’s perspective we would realize that every situation, every moment, provides us with an opportunity to make a difference in this world. Here is the question I want you to consider: Are you looking for opportunities to share God’s love with others?

Reading the historical accounts recorded in the Bible gives one the impression that God likes to be the underdog. God enjoys backing the long shot and making something great happen.

Remember Moses? God’s job for him was no simple task. God calls Moses to walk into the Egyptian Palace and confront Pharaoh. Moses, a shepherd for the last 40 years was to demand of the most powerful man in the world, “Let my people go!” This certainly isn’t one of those times when we would think opportunity was knocking. The more likely scenario is that Moses has gone crazy watching after all those sheep in the wilderness.

While it seemed unlikely God delivered a nation of slaves from a nation of masters. It would never have happened, the odds were just too great for Israel to overcome, if God hadn’t intervened.

Here is another example: Gideon. Israel has been under the occupation of the thieving nomads of Midian. God calls Gideon to lead an army against these invaders. So does God send tens of thousands of men to Gideon’s aid? No. 22,000 men show up, but God thinks that is too many so He has Gideon let everyone who was afraid go home. Now there are but 10,000 men. Still too many, so God has Gideon thin the ranks again based on how the drank water from the stream. After all is said and done 300 men remain against a foe that numbered in the tens of thousands. The numbers make it impossible for Israel to win, yet once again God intervenes and Israel wins their freedom.

In the Old Testament we find numerous examples when God’s people were against a bleak situation only to be delivered by God. What matters is not so much the situation itself, but our faith in the God who can do the impossible. Perhaps this is why the apostle Paul wrote:
15 Therefore be very careful how you live - not as unwise but as wise, 16 taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord's will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17; NET)

Our faith in God is seen in how we handle the opportunities we have been given to touch the lives of others. If we are not making use of the opportunities, whether things look good or bad, then we are not living by faith.

  • Point to Ponder: I believe that if we look from God’s perspective we would realize that every situation, every moment, provides us with an opportunity to make a difference in this world.
  • Passage to Remember: Ephesians 5:15-17
  • Question to Consider: Are you looking for opportunities to share God’s love with other

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