Victorious Faith

What’s up men?!  I am excited to have the opportunity to share some devotionals over the next few weeks! One of my favorite stories of faith in the Bible is about Jonathan, King Saul’s son.  Israel was at war with the Philistines.  Saul and about 600 men were hiding out in a cave.  Jonathan must have woke up feeling dangerous, because he sneaks out and creeps up to a Philistine garrison through some rocky passes.  Then, Jonathan says to his armor bearer who went with him,

“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.” – 1 Samuel 14:6

I love this!  Jonathan was thinking about the awesome power of God.  So often, we think in terms of our own strength.  Maybe we calculate or shoot for a goal that we believe is possible in our own power.  Jonathan didn’t think that way.  He purposefully put himself in position just to see if God would use him to do something powerful: something that only God could do.  Jonathan and his armor-bearer themselves should not have been able to defeat the Philistines.  They were vastly outnumbered and the Philistines were in a fortified position.  Jonathan knew the will of God was for his people to be saved.  He ends up climbing up the garrison and attacking the Philistines.  Jonathan would drop them with his sword, and his armor bearer stood behind him and killed the Philistines that had fallen.  Once they had killed 20, panic set in the Philistine camp.  The rest of the Israelites saw the commotion, and ran to join the battle. A great victory was won over the Philistines.  God doesn’t need some great human force, or someone who is vastly skilled and talented.  He wants people who understand His power, and are willing to put themselves in a position of faith, a position to be used by God.  Jonathan wanted to be a part of God’s mighty works and looked for an opportunity.  God gave it to him and used him to do something powerful.  Let’s believe for God to do big things, and put ourselves in a position to be the guy that God uses to do them!

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