Friday, April 13

God can save by many or by few

Scripture: 1 Samuel 14, 1 Chronicles 4, 2 Corinthians 13

1 Samuel 14:6-7 Jonathan said to the attendant who carried his weapons, “Come on, let’s cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men.  Perhaps the Lord will help us. Nothing can keep the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” 

7 His armor-bearer responded, “Do what is in your heart. You choose. I’m right here with you whatever you decide.”

Observation 

Vastly out-numbered and out-armed, Jonathan decides to take the battle to the Philistines—but in a very God-dependent way.  He proposes a test that will determine their next step: if they do this, we go home; if they do that, we attack.  What motivates him is deep confidence in God.  “Nothing can keep the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”  They were certainly few!  Two of them!  But they took the fight to the Philistines and won a great victory!

And Jonathan’s attendant had a faith as robust as his.  “I’m right here with you!”  

Application

I just returned from a couple days of dreaming big dreams and making plans to make it happen!  Our dreams look ridiculous.  Impossible.  But nothing can keep God from saving, whether by many or by few.  We are out-numbered and out-armed; we are few and small and weak—but none of that stops God!   I want to have Jonathan’s faith in a big God—big enough to rout an army with two men; big enough to save 120,000 people in our region in the next 12 years, and fill up 400 new churches!  

And to do impossible things, we all need an attendant like Jonathan’s—someone who shares our deep faith in God, and says, “Do what’s in your heart!  I’m right here with you!”

Prayer: Lord increase my faith!  Help me to trust you like this—and act!  Help me to have Jonathan’s faith, and to be Jonathan’s attendant to others.