How do you respond when you are faced with a situation that seems impossible? Do you just throw up your hands in surrender or do you look for a way to tackle it? When I was in college I worked at a retail store with an eternal optimist. Whenever a problem came up at work, he would say, “We don’t have a problem here; we have an opportunity to learn something new.”
Too many times we get frustrated and throw in the towel before we take everything into consideration. We may look a situation and realize we can’t do it, but we fail to consider the God factor. “Nothing is impossible with God” [Luke 1:37]. Gideon learned this first hand in Judges 7. The Israelites were camped near the Midian camp. There would be a battle between the two and by all counts it appeared the Israelites would be slaughtered. God gave Gideon a very unusual game plan for the battle. He took Gideon’s army of 32,000 and whittled them down to 300 men [Judges 7:2-8]. With only 300 men and the Living God, Gideon defeated his enemy. Obviously, God didn’t even need the 300 men to defeat the Midianites; however, He chose to allow them to partner with Him.
When we face an obstacle or problem, let us not forget to factor God into the solution. He is the answer, no matter what the question is. Jesus Himself said “I am the way and the truth and the life” and He will be victorious [John 14:6]. We’re reminded in 1 John 5:4 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.” By having faith in Jesus and trusting Him with our troubles and our opportunities, we live a life of victory. He is able [Romans 16:25, 2 Corinthians 9:8].
Remember, one with God is a majority! 2 Chronicles 16:9 declares “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” When we fix our eyes on Jesus we begin to see opportunities disguised as problems. So, what are you facing today?