Scripture Reading: I Samuel 14:1-23
“Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, ‘Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.'” (I Samuel 14:6)
Jonathan, Saul’s son, was a man of faith. In one of the encounters with the Philistines, Jonathan believed God would deliver His people from their hands. So Jonathan and his armor bearer plotted to defeat the Philistines (v. 1). Jonathan believed that the Lord could save by many or by few (v. 6). His trust was in the Lord and not in his cleverness or power. He stepped out in faith even though the odds were greatly against him. God used Jonathan’s attack along with a divinely appointed earthquake to bring about confusion among the Philistines (vs. 13-15).
Saul and his men rallied and came to the battle (vs. 16-20). The other Israelites who had hidden from the Philistines gained courage and joined in as well (v. 22). The Lord delivered His people that day — “So the Lord saved Israel that day. And the battle passed beyond Beth-haven” (v. 23).
I wonder sometimes if I trust the Lord enough? I wonder if I really believe that nothing can hinder Him? I know that He is all powerful in my head, but there are times when it seems the odds are against me, and I doubt His power to deliver me. I certainly should know better, for I have seen His powerful hand at work in my life time and time again.
This passage has really helped me as I am facing a tremendous challenge in my ministry. The odds are against our success, but will we believe that God is able to provide, that nothing can hinder Him? I have to redirect my faith from my own efforts and turn them to the Lord alone. I know that He can give me the victory, for nothing can hinder the Lord!
All Powerful Lord, I know that nothing can hinder You. You are able to do exceedingly more than I can ask or think. Enable me to trust You. Give me the grace to look in faith to You to accomplish things that seem impossible to me.
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