- Deuteronomy 20:1 (NKJV) When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
Math can do a lot for us, but math can’t be the final answer in determining your approach to life.
What I mean by this is that many people confuse probability with evidence.
For example, if I choose probability to decide if something is true then I could not believe what my eyes saw if I had rolled the dice and three sixes came up on the first try, since the odds against it are 216 to 1. However, the evidence clearly shows that occasionally people do indeed roll three sixes on the first try.
Or, if someone were playing a game of bridge and was dealt a perfect hand they’d have to refuse to believe it because the probabilities against it happening are 1,635,013,559,600 to 1. However, the evidence is clear–someone has actually had a perfect hand dealt to them in a game of bridge.
We get this when it comes dice and cards.
Yet when it comes to other things we allow probability (math) to serve as evidence to our harm.
For example, there are people who are endangering their eternal soul because the probability that Jesus rose from the dead is extremely low. Yet probability is not evidence. Just because the odds are no one person will rise from the dead, that doesn’t explain away the evidence that has been carefully accumulated that shows Jesus did indeed rise from the dead.
Christians also fall for this trap. On any given day, there are good God-fearing Christians living in despair and hopelessness because they’ve done the math and the math says that people with terminal diseases die. The math says that if you have less money than the total amount of your bills you’re in trouble. The math says that if you’re outnumbered you’re going to lose.
But dear friend, math (probability) is not god!
Never factor out the fact that there really is a God (revealed in the Bible), and He is at work in this world. At any given moment, on any given day, in any given situations “shavings” from his workbench could fall on our path and turn everything around.
Just a few nights ago I heard the testimony from a very reliable source of how a man was healed of terminal stomach cancer and how a little girl who had never walked a day of her life without a brace was instantly healed—leaping and running for joy.
Probabilities have their place—we are not meant to live foolish and reckless lives. But never confuse probabilities with evidence. The probabilities are a miracle will not happen to you today, but the evidence clearly teaches that a miracle could happen in your life today.
Bottom line, you do not have to live in despair—miraculously or providentially, God does not abandon his own. You are going to make it—one way or the other.
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 (NLT)
8 We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. 9 In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.