Before Jesus’ ascension, He appeared to 500 of His disciples and commanded that they tarry in Jerusalem until they had received power from on high (1 Corinthians 15:6). However, only about 120 of them were present to receive the promised power. I think it’s interesting that Acts 2:1 says on the day of Pentecost “they were ALL with one accord in one place.” It doesn’t say some of the original five hundred or even those remaining… No, it says they ALL were there!
You see God doesn’t count like we do. God counted those who were present (120) as “ALL” indicating 380 disciples missed out on what God had for them. He looked at the group gathered on the day of Pentecost and said, “They’re all there!” and poured out the power of the Holy Spirit upon everyone! And those present received the power the 380 would have plus their own measure!
You see, God never counts anything a loss because He never loses! He can do as much with a few as He can with many. In 1 Samuel 14:6, the Bible says, “And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.”
Take Gideon as another example. God told him to go up against the Midianites, but when Gideon gathered 32,000 men to fight, God said “That’s too many.” Gideon sent 22,000 people home that day leaving only 10,000 men to fight with him. But God took a look and said “There are still too many!” After another cut-back, there remained only 300 men of the 10,000, and God said “Now Gideon you have enough.” (see Judges 7).
God doesn’t count like we do. When we think it looks like enough, God says it’s too many. When we think it seems small, God says it’s enough. Notice, by cutting Gideon’s army of 32,000 down to a mere 300, two things were accomplished:
1. It killed any pride left within Gideon and his men.
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2 Corinthians 1:9 says, “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.”
2. It guaranteed God would not only get the victory but also the glory–and His power would be known to all.
“The LORD said, ‘Gideon, your army is too big. I can’t let you win with this many soldiers. The Israelites would think that they had won the battle all by themselves and that I didn’t have anything to do with it'” (Judges 7:2, CEV).
I know you’ve probably heard it but it’s still true, “You and God are always the majority.” Concerning God’s wonders that He performed in Egypt and Israel’s inability to deliver themselves, Psalms 106:7-8 says, “…Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make His mighty power known.”
Be encouraged today! No matter what it looks like, you are not outnumbered!