This always created an unfair advantage.

Joshua 10:1-43

Reference: “Then the five kings of the Amorites—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon—joined forces. They moved up with all their troops and took up positions against Gibeon and attacked it.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭10:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Numbers can make a significant difference.

In primary school we were often split up into teams. If the numbers were uneven one team ended up with more than the other. This always created an unfair advantage.

It meant they had more runners, more brains, more ideas and more options. You were always more than happy to be in the team with the extra person, but if you weren’t it was hard not to feel defeated from the beginning.

Application: When Joshua went to defend Gibeon he seemed a little outnumbered. In fact, it was 5 against 1.

Five kings had joined together and he must have been a little concerned because God spoke to him saying, “Do not be afraid…” What those five kings didn’t factor in was that Joshua had a secret weapon.

The One True God was on Joshua’s side. The mighty, all-powerful, Creator of the Universe was batting for Joshua’s team!

And by the end of the story Joshua’s army captains had their feet on the five kings’ necks and proceeded to conquer each one of their regions.

Let’s never underestimate the power of God. When all seems lost and we appear outnumbered don’t forget we have a secret weapon.

The God who fought alongside Joshua is the same God who stands with us today. May we trust in His mighty hand.

Prayer: Lord, You are all-powerful. When life seems to turn against us may we remember You are greater than any struggle we face here on earth. We trust in You, Lord. Amen.

When have you felt outnumbered?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.