When we see elections that are decided by hundreds of thousands of votes, our one vote seems insignificant...and that thought keeps many away from casting their ballot on election day.
But there is also a great deal of importance when single units band together. Take the lowly snowflake for example. What does each one weigh? Answers.com tells us that they weigh a whopping 0.02 grams! That means that it takes 50 of them to weigh one gram. In other words, it would take 25,000 snowflakes to make one pound. But when you put millions of them together...their combined weight is significant and can cause trouble for us...whether they are sitting in our driveways or on our rooftops. In fact, ask the Walker family this week what they think about what snow can do!
That's the power of addition. But in the spiritual realm, there is a supernatural math taking place that allows us to access God's power in a manner that can be mind-bending at times.
In the book of Leviticus, God was explaining the benefits of the Israelites living in obedience to Him. Here is what he told them:
I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. (Lev. 26: 6-8)
Notice God's math here? Five people will defeat 100 (a 1:20 ratio), and 100 will bring down 10,000 (a 1:100 ratio). With God's blessing, each person will have disproportionate power over his enemies, and when they band together, the power expands exponentially.
So...how do we relate to all of this?
From my way of thinking...it comes down to the simple fact that we have a great and powerful God, who loves us and desires to help us in times of trouble. To coin a phrase, taken from this week's sermon series, "I believe in God, the Father Almighty." Like a good father, He wants to help and protect His children. However, being our heavenly Father, he is almighty - "El Shaddai" in Hebrew.
With God, all things are possible. (Matt. 19:26)
So when the chips are down and things look like they are totally out of control, we need to remember that our God is the one who is truly in control of all things...including what we're dealing with! No - He doesn't always come and pluck us out of our mess...but we can be sure that He will walk with us and uphold us through it all.
Of late, in answer to prayer, I have seen God work some pretty wonderful things in the life of one of my small group friends. It has been an amazing thing to witness...and I am brought to my knees in worship and praise for His faithfulness and loving-kindness for His children. Against all odds, God's crazy math brings sunshine into the darkness.
"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:19-20)
When I get to one of those points...when the skies are dark and the water is deep...I need to remember what our PowerZone kids taught us so well in last weekend's worship service: "Never Give Up".
We serve an awesome and loving God who does hear our prayers!