1 Samuel 14:7 – And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.
With the resumption of the conflict against the Philistines, Saul camped near the capital Gibeah (14:2) with about 600 men. Unbeknownst to Saul, Jonathan undertook a secret mission into the enemy camp near Micmash. On the way Jonathan, along with his armor-bearer, passed between two cliffs named Bozez and Seneh (14:4). The Philistines spotted them as they came through the narrow crevice, and the pair was challenged to a fight (14:12).
The victory sent the Philistines in full retreat, but the tactics of the mission were absurd. Jonathan and his companion lost the element of surprise and fought at a disadvantage from the low ground. These men were totally reliant upon the Lord! A victory in Micmash would be a rally point, but also a miracle.
Having undertaken his mission with confidence in the Lord (14:6, 10), Jonathan knew that he and his servant would prevail. Jonathan confessed his confidence in God’s power to bring victory against all odds.
And this confidence was inspirational! The armor-bearer was willing to follow Jonathan in total support (14:7). Together they killed some 20 of the enemy in a small field.
We all want to have faith that inspires others to take action. However, not all of us are willing to trust God in absurd circumstances. Like Jonathan, we must confess our complete confidence in God’s power to give us victory against all odds. Not every day is filled with these types of pivotal moments, so start with verbalizing faith in your daily duties. Have confidence that God will empower you to fulfill his will today, whatever that may be. As situations arise and challenges mount, your daily expressions of faith will build up to prepare you for dire distresses.
Others are observing your faith. Who are your companions on your journey of faith? For me, my companions are my wife, children, fellow Soldiers, church members, community leaders, and perhaps more than I realize. What are they seeing in my faith? While I may not have the opportunity to ask that question to every one of them, I can control what they could see from my life. I want to exemplify an inspirational faith that trusts God to supply the victory. Faith follows faith, and I want my faith to have some followers! Don’t you?
Daily Reading: 1 Samuel 14:1-15
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