When we found out that baby number three would be joining our family in May (which I don't think I ever announced on the blog, so now you know!), the phrase we heard a lot was, "Now you guys will be outnumbered!" And as I go places with my four year-old and two year-old, and massive basketball belly, I hear it even more often, especially with a sarcastically toned, "good luck with that!" on the side. And I get it. Technically, we are outnumbered. There will be three children and two adults. And when my husband's at work, I'll be even more outnumbered, with the three to one ratio.
I'm betting that I'm not the only one that gets told this or often feels outnumbered when comparing what they're called to do versus them and their capacity. Some of you are working and parenting, trying to homeschool older children while still raising younger children, have a child with special needs that consumes a lot of your energy, or are starting ministries or businesses that are just pretty intense right now. Can I share the truth the Lord keeps speaking over me to you?
We're actually not outnumbered. Remember that classic story in the Bible that we heard all too often as children of David and Goliath? I had to go back and actually reread it because the version of it in the children's Bibles just don't do it justice. It was a battle between the Philistine and Israelite armies. The Philistines had a 10 foot giant, Goliath on their side, making this battle too great a match for the Israelites, and all of them shrunk back scared as soon as they laid eyes on Goliath. Goliath challenges them to pick their best fighter and let the two of them duke it out. By God's prompting, David decides to step up to the plate. He was the youngest of his brothers, spent most of his time shepherding, and was the least experienced in battle. Everyone thinks he's totally out of his mind for being willing to take on Goliath, but since no one else wants to do it, they let him have at it. David goes into battle without even wearing armor or carrying a sword, and defeats Goliath with a rock and a slingshot.
Anyone else ever feel like everyone looking on at your life, doing what God's called you to take on, and feel like they must think you're crazy for even getting into this? Maybe because you have the least experience, the least natural ability, or not even the right education to do what you're taking on? If you're like me, you don't even need others to look at you and tell you that, feeling your own insufficiency is enough. Maybe you stepped forward in faith to do what God has asked you to do and you're looking back thinking, "Who am I to even take this on? Who am I to start this? What was I thinking?" I want you tell you, sister, David was not victorious over Goliath because he was the best case scenario for the job. David was not victorious because he thought if he really tried hard enough and gave it his best shot, he could do it. He was victorious because he walked in the confidence of knowing God, the God of Angel Armies, was on His side, and that was enough. He didn't see that battle as Goliath and the Philistines vs. David. He saw the battle as Goliath and the Philistines vs. David and the infinite, all-powerful, sovereign, mighty God of the Universe, and therefore, he could never be outnumbered.
This isn't an invitation to take on every new opportunity that comes your way, or forgo godly wisdom and prayer concerning what should be on your plate. This isn't an invitation to stop relying on community or to not ask for help when you need it. But it is a humble reminder, and maybe even a holy punch in the gut from a sister right there with you, that those things you're doing that you know you're called to do can't outnumber you when the entire Godhead is on your side. I fully believe that with God on your side and your confidence firmly placed in Him, you can walk wildly victorious in doing what He's asked you to do.
He's with you. He's in you. He's for you. He's your hope. His strength is more than enough for your Goliath. With Him on your side, you can't be outnumbered.