Monday, November 26, 2007

Faith of Jonathan

I am returning today after a 3 day holiday break; I had intended to write devotions, but found that one can only do so much. I had a wonderful time seeing all of my children and my granddaughter over the long weekend. I hope your holiday (for those of you in the US) was a good one as well. Today we will continue with our series on "People Full of Faith" with a passage from 1 Samuel 14.

1Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.

6And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

7And his armour bearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

8Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.

9If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them.

10But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us.


11And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.

12And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armour bearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armour bearer, Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.


1 Samuel 14:1 & 6-12, King James Version

I have always been so impressed with the faith of Jonathan; even in times when his father, King Saul, turned away from the Lord, Jonathan's faith remained strong. In 1 Samuel 14, the Israelites were camped on one side of a rock, and the Philistines on the other; each camp was waiting for the other to begin the battle.

Fearless and tired of waiting, Jonathan decided to go over to the other side of the rock with his armor bearer. Listen to the example of the faith of Jonathan in these words from verse 6:

It may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

Jonathan then seeks to know God's will by listening to the response of the enemies. If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them. But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us.

The answer came quickly. As soon as Jonathan and the armor bearer were discovered, the Philistines shouted out, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. There was their answer from God.

1 Samuel 14 goes on to tell us that Jonathan and his armor bearer killed about 20 men, after which God sent an earthquake. In verse 16 we are told, The multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.

What remarkable faith and what amazing results!

The God of Jonathan is the same God we worship today; just as the faith of Jonathan was revealed in this Bible passage, so should we pray that God would grant to us the same kind of faith. How quickly we go about living our daily lives without even thinking of reaching out to God to guide us and take us through the day.

Pray today that God would grant to you great faith in Him, and that you will be aware of His presence and leading throughout this entire day.

God Bless You,
Linda

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