Remember Switzerland (6/10/13)

Read: 1Kings 7:1-51, Acts 7:30-50, Psalm 128:1-6, Proverbs 16:31-33

We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall. (Proverbs 16:33)

Castle Risk

Relate: We were using the Castle Risk board, but playing by Risk rules.  I controlled the west, he had the east and whoever managed to punch through the other’s heavily fortified border first was going to win the game. He almost did it. From Vienna he was attacking Switzerland and I was down to my last defender. Then the impossible happened. Sixteen times in a row I rolled better with one die then he did with three. The attack stalled, I took him with the next turn’s counterattack and the game was over except for the mop up work. For years after that day the battle cry whenever we were playing a similar game was, “Remember Switzerland!” Anytime someone was facing impossible odds, anytime the game seemed to be on the line, the guy with the long odds that battle cry would come out.

There is an old Star Trek episode where Kirk and Spock are captured by the Klingons on one planet. When they begin their escape attempt, Spock tells Kirk that their odds of success are something like 7 million to one. As they successfully accomplish one step after another, Spock recalculates the better (but still seemingly impossible) odds. Near the end he tells Jim that the odds are now about 200 to one. Kirk responds, “Why Spock, I’m beginning to like these odds.” What they didn’t realize until the end was that they were getting outside assistance. A far more powerful race was manipulating the circumstances to force a peaceful outcome.

React: No matter how impossible our odds are, remember that we also have an outside force manipulating the outcome. Has God given us an impossible dream? Go for it! Do the skeptics all around say it will never be done? Do it anyways. Am I under an attack and I seem to be at the end of my line? It’s time to yell out, “Remember Switzerland!” and fight on. If God is for me, who can be against me? The odds of God accomplishing His will through an obedient servant is always 1 to 1. Always. It’s a sure bet. It’s an easy win. The seemingly long odds are only there to prove my faith and demonstrate His power.


God, You are greater than any odds. Your Word is truer than the voice of the skeptics. Give me the vision to dream big for You. Give me the courage to step out and do it. When the enemy seems to be lining up against me and I feel they might break through, help me to remember that if You are for me, who could ever stop me? Victory is already mine, so help me to step out and roll those dice.


13 thoughts on “Remember Switzerland (6/10/13)

  1. Hello Pastor,
    I’ve been reading about WWII and your post struck home this morning. The incredible sweeping power and force of Nazi Germany was undone militarily–but also by small acts of courageous people, like German college students who literally lost their heads for handing our anti-Nazi flyers, the women who created bureaucratic obstructions, the employees whose countries were overrun who joined together to ‘go slow’ at work, the code-breakers whose info turned the course of battles, the hiding of downed Allied pilots, or treating their injuries and being hung on a spike for their acts of kindness. I am in awe of the people on a list that doesn’t end, who listened to God-within, and in many cases, gave their lives because they knew ‘If God is with us, nothing else matters.’ Thank you for your inspiring post.

  2. Such a wonderful reminder! God is always in control! This relates to what He has been teaching me lately; of how to trust Him fully and unconditionally. Thank you for sharing! Also, I love the song you picked for this post! One of my favorites!

  3. Especially encouraging today. Reminds me of the old Gospel hymn by Dorothy Norwood:
    Victory is mine,
    victory is mine,
    victory today is mine.

    I told Satan to get thee behind,
    victory today is mine.

    Victory is mine,
    victory is mine,
    victory today is mine.

    I told Satan to get thee behind,
    victory today is mine.

    Joy is mine,
    joy is mine,
    I know that joy is mine.

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