God Specializes In Your Impossibilities
When the Odds Are Stacked Against You
Matthew 19:26– Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Judges 6:11-16–11The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” 16 The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Judges 7:1-8—Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ 3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. 4 But the LORD said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” 5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. 7 The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.
Gideon’s army of 32,000 was reduced in size (vss. 1-8). Already sorely outnumbered (the enemy numbered over 120,000 swordsmen), most would see this as a time to go out and recruit more warriors. But it might be that after the victory the Lord would give them, the people might think it had been by their own strength and ability that they had won the victory. So, the Lord commanded Gideon to further reduce the number under his command “…lest Israel claim glory for itself…saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.'” (Judges 7:2). Any who were “afraid and trembling” were told they could go home. Some 22,000 departed leaving 10,000 to fight the Midianites.
**So, it went from being outnumbered 4 to 1 to being outnumbered 12 to 1. No doubt Gideon was surprised to hear what the Lord said next: “Then the LORD said to Gideon, ‘The people are still too many; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there.’
At the site to which the Lord had directed Gideon’s army there was drinkable water. The army stopped to drink and 9,700 knelt down on their knees so they might drink directly from the stream. The other 300 cupped their hands and took water into them, drinking it from their hands as a dog would lap water from his bowl. “The LORD said to Gideon, ‘I will deliver you with the 300 men who lapped and will give the Midianites into your hands; so let all the other people go, each man to his home.'” (Judges 7:7).
Gideon thought he needed a massive army to defeat his enemy. God told him that he had too many. He cut his army down. God say you still have to many. He cut the size down again. After he finished. He was left with 300 men to fight a massive army of enemies of over 120,000.
Numbers 13 chapter–Moses sent 12 spies to scope out the promise land. 10 came back with a negative report. Only 2 came back with the determination that victory was in sight. All 12 saw the same things, but God only needed 2 be able to say yes we can.
I Samuel 17–David could not physically go up against and defeat Goliath. It was physically impossible. But with all the odds against him he defeated Goliath.
Exodus–The children of Israel left Egypt for the promise Land. But between them and the Promise Land was the Red Sea. Pharoh and his army was in chase behind them and the big Sea was in front of them. The odd were stacked against them. Defeat and Death was in their sight. But all God need was a raised stick. Their impossibility became God’s Possibility.
You may be facing difficult times right now. Everything may seem to be going against you. Your good may be trampled upon. Your doctor’s report may be negative. But I want to assure someone that God specializes in things that seem impossible.
**That song says:
Have you any rivers that you feel are uncrossable
Have you any mountains that you cannot tunnel through
God specializes in things that seem impossible and
He will do what no other POWER can do.
****Let me tell you something about the POWER OF GOD
Genesis 18:14– Is any thing too hard for the LORD?
Jeremiah 32:27–Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
Ephesians 3:20–Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
Just when the enemy thinks he has won—–GOD SPECAILIZES
Share your testimony with me of a situation you faced, but God totally worked it out.