Saturday, May 21, 2011

It is not the Majority


It has never been the majority that God used to accomplish anything substantial or revolutionary in the past, nor-do I believe-what he will use in the future.

It was Gideon's 300 that defeated the army of the Midianites and the Amalekites that were as “grasshoppers for multitude” and their camels in number as “the sand by the seaside”.

It was the youthful David who smote the giant that marked the beginning of victory.

It was the orphan Esther, who stood alone before the king, that saved her people from death.

It was the lowly Jesus born in a manger, among the stalls of animals and wrapped in swaddling cloth, that turned the tide of history like no other.

It was the 12 apostles, from fisherman, to tax collectors that turned the world upside down, or rather, right side up.

It wasn't the popular opinion that shook the monarchs crown, or the majority that teetered the pontiff's seat. No, it was but a few poor humble men of lowly birth, such as Martin Luther, that brought such a reformation to the world.

It wasn't the majority or the renown. No, it was the misfits, the cast-offs of society. It was the one's who were called “renegades”, “traitors”, “dissenters” etc., that founded America and made it as great as it was. The number of Americans fighting for liberty against the British and English, were so few and provisions so poor, that it is unthinkable that they should have gained the victory. But that is how our God works!

It's not the majority, no, neither the great or the renown that God uses to defeat mighty enemies or to turn the tide of history. It is the tireless, committed, and courageous few that he uses to accomplish the noteworthy and the lasting. It is the 'poor', the 'outcasts', the 'weak', the 'unpopular', the 'renegades' – the remnant: it is those who see their weakness, their smallness and their helplessness who cast themselves wholly on God, and make him their strength, dependence and all in all, that God makes mighty. It is those who regard God's opinion above the popular, who love truth regardless of the consequence, and who stand for the right though the heavens fall: it is those, who have a passion and a vision and who do not fear to stand alone in their convictions (if they must) that God uses. For it takes that kind of courage, that kind of love and that kind of faithfulness to turn the tide of history.

May we never be ashamed to be counted among the few, for though we be few, we are not weak!

If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

“We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.” (1 Corinthians 4:10)


3 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful post and so true! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the testimony you share in this blog.

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  2. Thanks Elyssa! I needed that reminder today. The majority is rarely right.

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  3. You are welcome Melody and Kezzia. Praise God!

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