What does that 1% number represent?


This post may surprise you. It is not a justification or critique of the responsibilities of the upper 1% income earners in our country like you might have expected. The 1% group I am referring to is found in Scripture. Its about faith.

In the Book of Judges (the 7th chapter) in the Old Testament in the Bible, a story is told of a man named Gideon. The context of this passage is of a time when God was looking to deliver the Israelites from the hand of their oppressors, the Midianites. The tribes of Israel were gathered for battle. They had 32,000 fighting soldiers. From God’s perspective, this was too many soldiers. Interesting, huh!

God knew that if the Israelites took their large army and fought their oppressors and won, they would tend to congratulate themselves for the victory, rather than recognizing it was by God’s help that they conquered their enemy.

Eventually, the initial 32,000 man army got scaled back to 300 men (about 1%). Now, if you were Gideon, which army would you tend to have more
confidence in: the one with 32,000 or the one with 300 men?

But that is the point. With God on our side, an army of roughly 1% is stronger than the largest army. With God, all things are possible. Do you believe that is true also in the midst of difficult circumstances you might be going through? In the Gospel of John (verse 14:13-14), it says, ” Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it”.

God is not a genie, so that He just waits around for us to give Him our wishes. However, He is the God of gods, and Lord of lords. He is the Great God, mighty and awesome! Though some things might seem improbable, nothing with God is impossible.

I like the phrase Mark Batterson once said, “sometimes we need to pray for God to show up, and other times, pray for those opportunities for God to show off.” How is your faith when it comes to asking God to do the unlikely, so that He will get honored for it?

Would you be willing to trust God with those “1% areas” in your battles?

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