Risky Business

Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that Yahweh will work for us; for there is no restraint to Yahweh to save by many or by few.' 1 Samuel 14:6 WEB

Greatly outnumbered, Saul and about 600 Israelites were cowering in fear from the Philistines who had come against them. Only king Saul and his son Jonathan had a sword amongst the entire Israelite army. While the Philistines had thirty thousand chariots as well as six thousand horsemen (1Samuel 13:5). The troops who were following Saul were trembling with fear. Some hid in rocks and caves, while others fled the country entirely.

Then Jonathan gathered his courage, told his shield bearer that 'nothing restrains the Lord from saving, by many or by few.' They strode boldly to the Philistine garrison and started the battle. When he did, God sent a panic amongst the Philistines and they began to attack each other. As the Philistines turned on each other in confusion, Saul and the rest of the Israelite army joined in the battle and Israel won a great victory that day.

Nothing changes until someone takes a risk. If you want to see something that you have never seen, then you may have to do something that you have never done. God waited for someone to step up and lead, and when they did, He backed them up completely. It could have just as easily have been King Saul, but he was afraid.

It only took Jonathan crossing the fear barrier to win that battle. David was the only man who would face Goliath, but he was all that was needed. God just needs one obedient person who will trust Him to change the environment around them, like Peter stepping out and walking on the water. If you feel the Lord calling you to do something, take the risk and then He will back you up. His help comes when you actually need it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I put my trust in You today. Thank You so much for bringing me this far. Please draw me with Your loving kindness. If I know that it is You speaking, I will follow sp speak to me in a way that I understand. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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