But it isn't how God works. Here is what Author Roeleveld writes:
In a land of giants, too often we spend so much time contemplating our opponents and weighing the odds, we defeat ourselves. Let me save you some time. The odds are always in favor of the giant -- always -- but odds don't win battles. Ask David.
Later she gives a few examples from the Bible:
God didn't make Gideon's army bigger before leading them into battle; he made it smaller (Judges 7). King David was the youngest, the runt of Jesse's litter of sons, but God chose him to succeed Saul as king (1 Samuel 16:1-13). The Israelites started as a puny, seemingly inconsequential tribe, a fact God relished repeating to them (Deuteronomy &:6-8). Zaccheus was so small he had to climb a tree to see Jesus and yet Jesus singled him out for the gift of his presence
(Luke 19:1-10). Five loaves and two fishes were a small offering for thousands of hungry people, and yet, in Jesus's hands, it became an abundant feast (Matthew 14:13-21). Bethlehem is a small city in which to be born (Micah 5:2), and Nazareth was a no-account place to be from, like every other Podunk town from which a person can hail (John 1:46) Yet God chose to grace them with his glory.
I've gotta remind myself of this all the time. When a new challenge (giant) walks in (or maybe an old giant that hasn't yet been killed), it is so easy to worry or fret and forget God loves to use the small people -- those of us who aren't wealthy or especially talented or famous or who have a long list of letters behind their names (You can add whatever other qualifications the world says we need to make an impact on our world).
But that isn't God's way. Those giants in our lives are God's fight, not ours! We're like the little kid who is surrounded by bullies on the playground who is sure to be defeated. The kid says to the bullies, "I'm gonna get a friend."
The bullies laugh! They let him because what friend can a little kid have who would be any match for the lot of them?
And then the little kid brings his dad. One look at that kid's dad sends those bullies away. Our Dad, Father God, is bigger and stronger and wiser than any bully this world intimidates us with. He's on our side.
Joshua is told, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
In my life the giants seem to be getting bigger. There is one giant in particular I thought I had under control. For a while it looked like I did. I was whittling away at that giant bit by bit. I knew I would defeat it. But then it must have found some healing potion or something because it ballooned back up to be even bigger and uglier than before. This is quite discouraging. But when I was reading Lori's book the reminder of Gideon spoke to me. God made the odds even worse for Gideon. There was no way the odds said he would win. But he did because God did the fighting. God brought the victory.
He'll do the same in our lives if we cling to Him and believe expectantly. Let God work it out in His time. Let God do His will. Don't try to go in there and fix it if God has told you to stand and watch Him bring the victory. Our fixing only makes things worse. There are times after we've waited expectantly that we will hear, "NOW!" That is the time we do what we know we need to do. And then we will surely see God. Halleluia!