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Dare to be like …………. Jonathan?

“Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, ‘Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men.  Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf.  Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.’”  1 Samuel 14:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 14, 1 Chronicles 4, and 2 Corinthians 13.

We usually get, “Dare to be like Daniel.”

Why not add Jonathan?

The key to this is not Jonathan’s behavior but his attitude.

Jonathan should have let the others know where he was going.  He didn’t but the last part of today’s verse might explain that behavior.

Jonathan wasn’t sure that God was going to bless what he and his armor-bearer were about to do.  However, Jonathan did know that God didn’t need numbers to defeat an enemy.

Knowing the strength of God is important.  Often, we are faced with sizable dilemmas.  Is anything overwhelming to God?

Yesterday in 2 Corinthians 12, the importance of recognizing our weakness was referenced.  When we think that we can part from God’s direction and get things right in our own strength we are wrong.

When I realize my limitations then I am open to the One who is unlimited.

When I realize that God is unlimited I can better face situations with confidence in Him.

“Lord, You are omnipotent.  Numbers do not overwhelm You.  Forgive me for being overwhelmed by situations and forgetting to recall that You, my Lord, aren’t.  I have so much to learn.  Be patient with me, O God.”

Let’s dare to approach our tough situations as Jonathan did in today’s lesson.

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Jonathan estimates God

Sunrise on the Merrimac River

Sunrise on the Merrimack River

“Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” 1 Samuel 14:6

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Samuel 14 & 1 Chronicles 4 & 2 Corinthians 13)

What faith!

Jonathan and his armor bearer enter enemy territory willing to let God use them. After confirming that God is with them they proceed to take out twenty of the enemy. God follows with an earthquake and the rout of the enemy is on.

Jonathan’s understanding of God’s power is very impressive. I suspect that he had a clear knowledge of what God had done in the past as well as a conviction that the God of the past is the God of the present.

An importance in reading the Bible is to learn what God did. To learn what God is capable of.

I wonder how often I miss out on what God can do because I have forgotten what God has done. His power is unlimited. The enemies of the Lord today are no different from those in 1 Samuel 14. God is not overwhelmed by any of them at any time. For certain they are going to be on the wrong side at Judgment Day if not sooner.

I must enter this day in complete alignment with Him. I must know at the get-go that He will win in the end if not sooner.

“Lord, I thank You for the Bible. For the stories of Your greatness. There never has been, or ever will be, any evil that You cannot overcome. I cling to You. Forgive me for underestimating You. Forgive me for omitting You from my life. I need You in my life every second. Take me over, Father.”


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Numbers are irrelevant to God

“Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf.  Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”  1 Samuel 14:6

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Samuel 14 & 1 Chronicles 4 & 2 Corinthians 13)

Jonathan tosses out a terrific role-model line in this verse.  He declares that the size of the opposition to God’s Wishes is unimportant.

Jonathan had only his armor bearer with him and had no idea what the size of the Philistine opposition was.  But he knew that having God with him would make the difference.

What a great truth for me to internalize.  God is immeasurable.

I recall how David got into trouble with God when he decided to take a census of his forces.  David wanted to figure out if he had enough men to take on future enemies.  David left God completely out of the mix.  Bad idea!

My prayer life would change significantly if I kept in mind that God is bigger than any problem I face.  I should never hesitate to cast ALL my cares on Him.

“Lord, You are indeed immeasurable.  You won’t leave me.  You won’t forsake me.  I attach myself to You in every situation.  Thank You for giving me stories of role models such as Jonathan.  Help me to see You as You really are.  I love You, Lord.”

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