1 Samuel 14:1
“Now it happened one day that Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who bore his armor, ‘Come, let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison that is on the other side.’”
There is no doubt, while all of the Bible is inspire by God and “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (Titus 3:16), there are certain passages that stand out to us. They seem to strike a chord in our lives, or present a truth that is so profound, it will transform our living. This is one of those passages. The scene is set in the previous chapter. The Philistines had been oppressing Israel for years. The weak, scattered tribes of Israel were no match for the immense army of the Philistines. They had been defeated time and time again by the Philistine raiders. All weapons had been confiscated from Israel, leaving them incapable of mustering a resistance against the Philistine lords. With all his effort, the best Saul could do was muster a six hundred man standing army that was no match for the enemy.
This is the backdrop when we are introduced to one of the greatest stories ever told. It’s underlying truth withstands the test of time, and is as powerful today, as it was then. Jonathan, the son of the king, and his armor bearer boldly step out, confident in the ability of God, and lead Israel to victory. There are a few key lessons we can draw from their story.
“It happened one day…” the significance of this day was not that it started differently than any other day. The enemy still lurked in the distance, the armies of Israel remained weak and scattered, and the sun rose as it did every day. What made this day different, is that Jonathan chose, on this day, to trust the Lord and step into service. If we are waiting for the colors of the sunrise to change, or our circumstance to alter, before we step into service of the Lord, we will find ourselves waiting forever. On an ordinary day, their world was forever changed.
1 Samuel 14:6
“For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”
Confident, not in himself, but in the Lord, Jonathan trusted in the promises of God. He was willing to look at the circumstances he faced, in light of the Lord. Suddenly, the innumerable army of Philistia, paled in comparison to the great power of the true and living God. That kind of triumphant confidence does not remain alone for long. Immediately, his armor bearer joined Jonathan in this bold crusade, and before the days end, thousands in Israel were battling at their side. Confidence in the promises of God, and the boldness to step out in faith, will always be accompanied by others who want to be a part of the work of God.
Too often, we are waiting for something dramatic to change in life before we will step out and serve the Lord. In other cases, we are waiting for someone else to go, when all the while, God desires that we would trust His Word, and go forth in faith. Perhaps today is the day that God wants to use you to impact your family, friends, co-workers or acquaintances for the kingdom of God.