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God Doesn't Need Numbers He Needs Listeners

Updated: Aug 14, 2023


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Numbers Aren’t Important To God


I think a lot of us limit God based on numbers.

We think we need more voices, more courageous people, more bravery than we really need.

Sure, it would be great to see more people wiping the sleep from their eyes and facing facts.

But there are plenty of examples in the Bible where God will turn a culture or city around, with just a handful of truly good people.


In centuries past people attributed thunder, lightening and big storms to a god.

They saw power as loud, big and noisy.

But the God of Abraham and Elisha was more quiet, more still, more of a whisperer.

Why?

I have no idea but wonder if it has something to do with the old saying “If you want someone’s attention whisper.”

Try it.

In a room full of loudness when you whisper the attention of the person you are talking about becomes more keen.

They tune-in to what you are saying more intensely.


Gideon was one of God’s warriors.

When he ordered him to choose the right men for his army he didn’t pick bases on size or strength. He selected based on a standard God set, not man.


I was listening to a podcast with a couple of agitators of the current tyrannical leadership we are experiencing in our country. They talked of the cost of standing up and against such things. They spoke of the destruction of people’s lives, for resistance.


On a much lesser scale, I get it.

But like them, there is something in me that cannot be silent.

My life, my career and my passion center around one thing….the truth.

If I took time to think about all the loss and what this has cost Kathy and me, it would be overwhelming.

So I think about the still small voice in my soul that won’t rest until the truth is known.

The woman in the podcast said something like when you get to that point you don’t care as much and it starts to become fun.


As we face some pretty dark times we must remember while strength is often found in numbers, God doesn’t need numbers to create a movement.

He can start with just a few.

You onboard?

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Wayne Gilbert
Wayne Gilbert
Aug 11, 2023

"...current tyrannical leadership we are experiencing in our country"


Rick, can you give example(s) of this "tyranny" you expouse?

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jimjamieson48
jimjamieson48
Aug 11, 2023

One of the most important changes to American life was the handful of Blacks and Whites who stood up to prejudice and hatred in the Jim Crow South to extend voting rights and civil rights to Blacks.

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jimjamieson48
jimjamieson48
Aug 11, 2023

Oops! I like the story of Gideon in Judges, but you may have it backwards Rick. My reading of Judges is that Gideon was told to pick “those who cupped the water in their hands“ and those who lapped the water like a dog were sent home. An important distinction. What do you think?

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jimjamieson48
jimjamieson48
Sep 21, 2023
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Not trying to be “gotcha” just seeking accuracy. You mistake my point. you often say people should admit when they’re wrong.

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Gods people need to rediscover their voice, abandon their worldly ways, quit being coerced to comply with the ways of the world and stand up against evil. 2 Chronicles 7:14, King James Version, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." There it is in Gods Word. We can choose to do what He asks of us, or we can ignore His Word and continue down the road to destruction. - M

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A journey of 1000 miles begins with the one step. A revolution begins with one voice and one thought. An invention begins with one idea. Life begins with one sperm, one breath. Everything begins with one. God only needs one...One heart, one mind, one spirit. he began with one disciple, one miracle. And he gave one life for us all. Yet, one is the loneliest number (to borrow from 3 dog night). One voice gets little attention, yet it is the one squeaky wheel which gets the attention. Isn't it funny how it only takes one, yet we feel my vote does not count, my voice will not be heard. It only takes one act to start a …

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