1 Samuel 14: The battle is the Lord’s 

Good evening y’all. We are continuing our study of the first Book of Samuel with the Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 14 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

As I read through the chapter, I fell in love with verse 6. The verse gave me a renewed hope: just what I needed to start my day.

“Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord . He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!”(v6 NLT)

Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.”(v6 MSG)

I absolutely love how Jonathan trusted God to deliver them from the Philistines. He understood that God can win a battle irrespective of the number of warriors available. He understood that their victory was solely dependent on God and not on human strength i.e the number of soldiers you have or weapons of war.

David Guzik in his commentary on verse 6 said: 

What wise courage in God! Many in Israel probably believed this as a theological truth. But few believed it enough to do something. Jonathan’s faith was demonstrated by his works.

i. Nothing restrains the LORD! Do we really believe it? Or does the title of J.B. Phillips’ book describe us: Your God is Too Small. We often feel that God is restrained in one way or another. In reality, the only thing that could be said to restrain God is our unbelief. In Matthew 13:58, it says of one time in Jesus’ ministry, He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. God’s power is never restrained, but His will may be restrained by our unbelief. He may choose not to act until we partner with Him in trust. God had a trusting partner in Jonathan!

ii. By many or few: What did it matter? Who cares about the odds or the point spread when God is on your side? The odds were already against Israel. Did it matter if it was a million-to-one or a thousand-to-one? Numbers or odds did not restrain God, but unbelief could. Jonathan never read the New Testament, but he had a Romans 8:31heart: If God be for us, who can be against us?

iii. Notice where Jonathan had the emphasis. He had little faith in himself, but great faith in God. It wasn’t “I can win a great victory with God’s help.” It was “God can win a great victory through even me.” As Meyer says, “He had the smallest possible faith in himself, and the greatest faith in God. His soul waited for the Lord; in Him was centred all his hope, and from his gracious help he expected great things. All he aspired to was to be humble vehicle through which the delivering grace of God might work.”(David Guzik, blueletterbible.org)

I want to encourage someone today. God knows your struggles, so rather than trying to fix them yourself why not give them over to Him. Let God fight your battles for you. No matter how big the battle may be, God is more than able to give you victory. Don’t rely on your own strength or the strength of man.  Put your hope and trust in God completely like Jonathan did.

Psalms tells us that those who put their trust in God will not be put to shame. Luke 1:37 tells us that with God all things are possible.

Today why not put your trust in GOD and see Him fight your battles for you and give you victory.

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed evening

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