The four-minute mile was a sought-after record since the days of the ancient Greeks. Old records were found describing how the Greeks tried to accomplish this. They said our bone structure was all wrong, the wind resistance was too great, and our lung power was inadequate. One day, a human being proved that the doctors, the trainers, and the athletes themselves were all wrong. And miracle of miracles, the year after Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile, three hundred runners broke the four-minute mile.

Once I read an article about some coaches in Florida who put alligators in the water to make swimmers go faster. Fortunately no one got hurt, but the parents were pretty angry about the whole thing.

What Gideon ended up with was greater than any record a runner or swimmer could break. His move from Fearful Territory to Faithful Boulevard was purely the result of God seeing his faith, even when the rest of the world—and Gideon himself—didn’t think he had any.

When it comes to faith, remember this: God will give you what you need, right when you need it. Don’t expect it the day before a big meeting; expect it the moment the meeting begins. Don’t expect it the hour before you go into surgery, but know it will be there the moment they wheel you onto the surgical floor.

Gideon won the victory because God gave him the strength. He will do the same for you today.

God does not choose us for faith but to faith. – Thomas Watson

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder