The other day for my devotional, I was reading through the twenty sixth chapter of the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament. Chapter twenty- six contains God’s blessings for his people if they obey and punishment for disobedience. It is one of the “blessings and cursing’s” chapters. Verses seven through eight contain a very interesting promise for obedience to God. “You shall give chase to your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Five of you shall give chase to a hundred and a hundred of you shall give chase to ten thousand; your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.” Put aside for a moment the military imagery about the sword and focus on the promise. Five faithful followers will chase after a hundred. Did you catch that? Five would not run from danger and escape; but five faithful will pursue the enemy even though they are out-numbered. “A hundred of you will give chase to a thousand…” I share this as a passage of hope as we consider our options about the future. God takes faithful obedience in a variety of numbers and forms and does his will through us. God takes faithful obedience and can do the unthinkable like five warriors cause a hundred of their enemies to retreat. Remember, these words were given while God’s people were traveling to the Promise Land and their sanctuary was a tent, and there was a great deal of uncertainty in front of them. Remember that our current circumstances are difficult for us but nothing new to God. Where there is obedience to his will and purposes to reach the spiritually lost, God has a way of making the numbers work in his favor. Use this time of uncertainty to trust that where God’s people are faithfully obedient some surprising and amazing work of God can be accomplished.
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