Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fear In Numbers (Day 20)

'Numbers in a City: New Haven / 1997 / SML' photo (c) 2012, See-ming Lee - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/


Together we can cheer each other on or tear each other down.

When we have the support of our people around us we feel like we can do anything. Accomplish any goal, chase after any dream, climb any mountain.

One kind-encouraging word from someone may be what we need today to finish a project strong, can we be that someone today?

Fear, just like encouragement flourishes in numbers too. When you have your people doubting what you are doing and telling you it just isn't going to work, give up. You're more inclined to go with the group, instead of what you know God is telling you.

In Gideon, we see God a couple of times telling Gideon to take people with him, when he asked him to do something. Why? Maybe because he knew courage can be found in numbers. If we have those around us supporting us, we will feel courageous.

But on the opposite coin, lies fear.If you have a group of fearful people not sure that they can accomplish something, they may turn and run instead of staying to fight.
"The Lord said to Gideon: “You have too many people on your side. If I were to hand Midian over to them, the Israelites might claim credit for themselves rather than for me, thinking, We saved ourselves. So now, announce in the people’s hearing, ‘Anyone who is afraid or unsteady may return home from Gideon’s mountain.’” At this, twenty-two thousand people went home, and ten thousand were left."(Judges 7:2,3)

"So Gideon took ten of his servants and did just as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his household and the townspeople to do it during the day, he did it at night." (Judges 6:27)

"But if you’re afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah, and you’ll hear what they are saying. May you then get the courage to attack the camp.” So he went down with his servant Purah to the outpost of the armies that were in the camp." (Judges 7:10,11)
God dwindled his army of thousands to 300. Could it have been because too many men would get to talking about how they are never going to win this war and they should go home before they all get killed?

Fear and insecurity can spread like a wildfire in a group. God dwindled the group down to not only show his people that He would win this war for them, but to also keep their spirits up before it could get taken down.

There may be fear in numbers but, there can also be courage in numbers too.

When we believe that with our faith we can do anything that God asks of us it doesn't matter who agrees or not. God will bring the right people into our lives to encourage us. To affirm and confirm His plans.

We just need to be obedient. And live Fearless (better said than done, I know, but we can do it!)

Live fearless, my friends.




8 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing this powerful post, Alicia. Just what I needed to hear today.

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  2. Wonderful and encouraging post. Alicia!!! Blessings, Natasha

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  3. praying for boldness, courage, truth.
    Joshua 1:9

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  4. There is so much good in this post Alecia. You have me pondering the good and bad found in numbers and I love how you relate this all to the story of Gideon. I'm so glad you are part of this Three Word Wednesday community. {Hugs} to you friend as you continue "live fearless." You are inspiring me to do the same.

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  5. Hi Alecia! So nice to meet you today! I love this story of Gideon, because it's so hopeful. Even when I think that my situation is hopeless, God is there just waiting for my faith to be strong enough to intervene. We need stories like these to keep us going, that's for sure!

    Great post for me today!
    Ceil

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  6. Hi Alecia,
    What a great reminder to live fearless...I am always encouraged to know when we are with God, the numbers don't really matter...blessings to you :)

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  7. this has been a hard week for me, in terms of battling fear and insecurity alecia... you really spoke courage into my soul. thank you friend. love you, e.

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  8. You make courage spread like wildfire. Thank you for this!

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