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10/11/11 Devotional Transcript
1 Sam. 14:8-14
King Saul and 600 swordless soldiers are up against a humongous Philistine army who is intent on wiping Israel out. Last night, King Sauls’ son, Jonathan, suggested to his armor bearer that just the two of them take a little field trip over to the Philistine camp and attack them because the Lord can save through many people or just a few. The armor bearer agreed. Tonight we’ll see how this two-man attack pans out.
So here’s 1 Sam. 14:8-14
8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us.9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands.”
11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.”
So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel.”
13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.
This is why I love this story so much. Jonathan doesn’t know exactly what God will do, so he sets up a little test. If the enemy says, climb up, let’s go. That’s the signal that God is going to give us victory. And that’s exactly what happens.
The Philistines are on top of the cliff, invincible. So they tell Jonathan and his armor bearer, “Hey you scaredy cats, come on up.” I’m sure they never expected two guys to climb up a cliff to fight a bunch of enemy soldiers because it’s going to be certain death for whoever is dumb enough to do it.
Except Jonathan and his friend are anything but dumb. They are operating out of an intense trust in God. Hot and sweaty, they get to the top of the cliff and immediately start trouncing the Philistines. This is impossible! Or is it? A better way to say it would be, this is GOD. Working through the wild and crazy faith of a couple of young Israelite soldiers.
So how about you? Are you willing to attempt the impossible, believing that God is with you? Now, I’m not suggesting that you do something like jump off the roof. Remember, God’s plan was to defeat the Philistines through Israel, but I don’t think his plan is for you to jump off the roof. Has God put you in a place where you can dare to love people who are hard to love? Like at school? Or on a sports team? Or has God put a desire in your heart to do the wild and crazy, like go on a missions trip somewhere to tell people about Jesus?
Some may tell you it’s impossible for you to do something like that. But with God all things are possible. Tomorrow we’ll see what happens with Jonathan and his friend.
Father, you have promised you will always be with your people. Help us to trust you and step out in faith. Amen.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What can you do in the place God has planted you to shine his love? What dreams has God put in your heart? I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment below to join the conversation.
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