[management by God] overcoming the odds

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. director of family ministry at st. edward's episcopal church. president of fistbump media, llc.

December 2, 2010


If I could sum up what I am about to share with you in one word, that would be it. Believe.

I had the pleasure of being the Teacher Coordinator with my church’s Vacation Bible School, a week-long program for kids aged 4-12. While I was in charge of teaching them some very valuable lessons, I also learned several.

One of the most important was the message that I got to share with the kids on faith. In short, we discussed Thomas, the disciple of Jesus that doubted the resurrection unless he could actually see Jesus for himself, including the holes in His hands. Silly man…

Anyway, as I prayed and prepared for this lesson on the importance of believing in God even though we can’t see Him, I felt that there was an important message in the story of Gideon.

Once Gideon had his army dwindled down to a mere 300 men, and was preparing to go up against 120,000 Midianites, he still had his doubts. I think most of can relate to Gideon and why he doubted. When we’re up against overwhelming odds, it’s difficult to see how you’ll overcome those odds.

In the book of Judges, God told Gideon to check things out. When he did, he overheard some Midianites talking about a dream about Gideon’s success. THEN, finally Gideon believed that he could do what he was being asked to do.

From this, there are three things that I see as keys to successfully overcoming the odds:

1. Obedience
The entire account of Gideon hinges on his obedience to God’s calling. He certainly tested it to make sure that it was God’s will, but he never would’ve been in a situation to overcome the odds unless he was willing to simply do what he was told to do.

2. Faith in God
This is a trust thing. Gideon had to trust the integrity of God’s character, and that He was going to do what He said He would do. Gideon certainly had to take a leap of faith here, but he trusted that once he did, God would take care of what he couldn’t do under his own power.

3. Faith in yourself
Often we underestimate what we’re able to do. But God put everything in us that we need. This doesn’t mean that we can accomplish everything that’s in our will. But it does mean that we can do whatever is in His will. This means that if we’re in tune with what God wants us to be doing, then there’s nothing that we can’t overcome.

Make your workplace a house of prayer. I’m not talking about the big, overstated kind of prayer that will make other people feel uncomfortable. What I’m talking about is making conversation with God throughout your day a BIG priority. The more in tune you’re with Him, the more likely you are to overcome the obstacles that come your way.

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  1. Bradleyjmoore

    I think “being in tune” is the most important thing. That’s when we see opportunities show up!

    • @bibledude

      That’s so right… Gideon was in tune with God, and it’s a great example for us in the workplace. I mean seriously dude… you’ve got to REALLY be in tune with God in order to do the crazy stuff that he did…

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Bradley! It’s always great to get a visit from the camel!


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[management by God] overcoming the odds

by Dan King time to read: 2 min