Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Defying The Odds

Take a quick read over this past weeks scripture reference 2 Samuel 23:20-23, and reflect on the extreme odds Benaiah overcame and how God used them to bless his future.

We all want to defy the odds at some time in our life. Isn't that why we all root for the underdogs? It is exciting to watch someone overcome something against all odds. It makes for great stories, books, movies, sporting events, etc. However, it is less exciting when we are facing the odds ourselves. In fact the term I would use is frightening.

I believe it is frightening because we don't know the outcome and I believe we all struggle with control issues on some level. Defying the odds in a given situation will no doubt take your faith to the next level, but what about getting to that level? Getting there is always hard to say the least. It is important to remember that there are no rewards for the "easy" things in life. Few things can be as rewarding as marriage and children, but I have also found few things are as difficult. Nowadays, having a successful marriage, and well-mannered, respectful, God fearing children seem to go against the odds.

It brings us back to the question Pastor Scott asked, "How big is your God?" This question took me back to childhood. I was instantly reminded of the song, "He's got the whole world in His hand's". That is how big my God is. My God is all about defying the odds. That is what makes the Bible so fascinating to read. God does everything "Big". Think of your favorite Bible story and I'm sure it's your favorite because it demonstrated how big God is in love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, strength, power, etc.

No matter the odds you're facing magnify God and make Him the biggest thing in your life. He is bigger than whatever you are going through. So, "How big is your God?" He is bigger than your biggest problem, greatest failure or mistake.

Melissa - Mid Week Minder Team

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