When growing up, my parents cautioned me about crowd mentality. They warned me not to follow the crowd. I took their advice. Following the crowd will take you places you may not want to go.
A pastor gave me the same advice although couched a little differently. He would say, “Who says the crowd’s right?” He would say this in regards to Christian teaching. A majority view of something doesn’t mean it’s the correct view.
In reality, God rarely uses the crowd or the strong to accomplish His work on earth. He uses people who are willing to be faithful and obedient. “For my grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. (II Cor. 12:9)
One Faithful Servant + God = a Majority
1. He used Noah to build an ark; one man out of millions who was faithful for the task. “By faith Noah being warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear…”(Hebrews 11:7)
2. He selected one man, Abraham, as the progenitor of the nation of Israel, through whom the Savior would come. (Genesis 12:1-3) “By faith Abraham obeyed“. (Hebrews 11:8)
3. He used Sarah, who was past the age of child bearing, to bring Isaac, the son of promise into the world. (Hebrews 11:11) “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive…” (Hebrews 11:11)
4. He picked one faithful man, Moses, to lead the nation of Israel to the Promised Land. (Ex. 3) “By faith he forsook Egypt… “(Hebrews 11:27)
5. He selected Gideon, from the weakest clan and the least in his family, to go up against an innumerable Midianite army with only three hundred men. “The Lord said to him, surely I will be with you…” (Judges 6:16)
6. He empowered Samson to defeat the Philistines. (Judges 16:28-31) “The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him…” (Judges 14:6)
7. He used David, a young man of faith, to defeat Goliath, the 9 foot giant. (I Samuel 17) David said to the giant, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand…” (I Samuel 17:46)
8. Because of the faithfulness of King Hezekiah, God fought the battle . He sent the Angel of the Lord, who killed 185,000 men of the Assyrian army, saving the southern kingdom of Judah from defeat. (II Kings 19) “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel“. (II Kings 18:5)
9. Because King Asa sought the Lord by faith, God won another victory for Judah by defeating a million-man Ethiopian army. “Asa cried out to the Lord his God... it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God” (II Chronicles 14)
10. God used the prophet Elijah to rid the northern kingdom of Israel of Baal worship. (I Kings 18) “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly… (James 5:17)
11. He rescued Daniel, who refused to worship the king, from the lion’s den; causing Daniel to prosper in the reigns of Darius and Cyrus, Gentile world rulers. (Daniel 5:29-6:28)
12. God called the greatest single persecutor of the church, Saul, to become the greatest evangelist of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the apostle Paul. (Acts 9)
They weren’t perfect people. They had sin issues like the rest of us. But they placed their faith in the Lord and He used them. One man or woman plus God is a majority. Jesus asked His disciples, “when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) His question implied, not much. Are you following the crowd? Or are you being a faithful child of God?
“Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?” Proverbs 20:6
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