A SINGLE LOPE

A SINGLE LOPE
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

There is more strength in truth than there is in numbers.
Be empowered.
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This thought woke me in the night and penetrated me to the core.
I got up and wrote it down in order that I shouldn't forget it.
But then I couldn't go back to sleep for its weighty implications and the truth that followed:
A remembrance of King Asa and his fearful cry:
"And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with a host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots, and came unto Mareshah. Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. And Asa cried unto the Lord his God and said, 'LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go against this multitude, O LORD, Thou art our God; let not man prevail against Thee.' So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled."
2 Chronicles 14:9-12

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We struggle with numbers and assign ourselves favorable and unfavorable conditions in response. We know that, as a general rule of thumb, the odds are stacked against us if the numbers are not working for us and vice-versa.
In our desire for comfort and companionship with the "many," we succumb to a mentality that encourages mediocrity, majority, and menial behavior. We go with the flow, swim downstream with the great pool, and travel in a pack to avoid vulnerability and aloneness.
For a time it appears quite comfortable and comforting but grave consequences come in result:
-Conscience and conviction become impaired.
-Respect for self and others deteriorates.
-Relationships erode.
-Truth is in question.
A gnawing sense of discomfort and disillusionment begins to grow.
We begin to wonder ...
Is the "pack" mentality right or is a single lope out a respectable gain?
Nobody can answer this question but you.
We each must decide who and what we'll believe in and base our lives off of.
Asa chose truth and found his support and strength in the Lord. He chose to disregard the numbers and look to One.
It proved enough.
Be encouraged by Asa and his example. Consider other truth implications about "numbers and masses" in the Bible and reflect on what God has to say in regard to them.
His voice matters more than everybody elses'.
Hmmm ...
Maybe it's time to reconsider.
Maybe it's worth waking up over.
May the favor of One rest forcibly upon you.
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 "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
-Mark Twain