Our world runs on statistics.
Insurance rates depend on statistics.
The stock market fluctuates with statistics.
Political campaigns live (and die) with statistics.
Attitudes and behaviors change with statistics.
For example, how does it make you feel when you read that:
70% of former prison inmates are re-arrested.
50% of marriages end in divorce.
15% of lung cancer patients survive.
9% of all businesses survive longer than ten years.
8% of the workforce is unemployed.
Psalm 39:7 says, “And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You." But, for most of us, that's not the case. Our hope is in statistics. Our hope is in probability. Our hope is in percentages. When the data is positive, we're positive. When the data is negative, we're negative.
But God isn't glorified in statistics...he's glorified in the impossible.
God isn't shown in probability...he's shown in the unlikely.
God isn't proven in percentages...he's proven in miracles.
David wasn't expected to beat Goliath. But he did.
Daniel wasn't likely to survive the lions. But he did.
Jesus wasn't supposed to rise from the dead. But he did.
In Matthew 19:26 Jesus says, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” What kind of God are we serving if we're convinced that he's just playing the odds?