There are many stories of brave men in the Bible. You can find stories about people who fought against lions and bears, giants, and immeasurably large armies. These feats of strength and endurance can be very encouraging. But what I find very encouraging are the stories that cannot be explained away by one’s own strength or bravery. I love the stories of men and women who could not explain their victories through any other means other than by the strength and power of an Almighty God.
In 1 Samuel 14 we see such a story. Here we find King Saul’s army, held up against the Philistine army. They are without proper weapons and greatly outnumbered. They had been hiding in caves and thickets because their enemies were pressing in on them. And in this setting, we find Jonathan, the King’s son.
Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “We are going to go over the Philistine outpost.” And the two of them headed toward the enemy's camp. To get there, they had to go between two rocky cliffs. They did not seem to really have much of a plan as they began discussing their options. In verse six of Samuel 14, we can see a glimpse of the heart of Jonathan. “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!” (NLT).
They devised a test to find out if God would help them. In verses nine and ten, Jonathan said, “If they say to us, ‘Stay where you are or we’ll kill you,’ then we will stop and not go up to them. But if they say, ‘Come on up and fight,’ then we will go up. That will be the LORD’s sign that he will help us defeat them.”
When the Philistines saw Jonathan coming, they taunted him and told him to “come on up” so they could teach him a lesson. So Jonathan and his armor bearer headed up to the camp. God did help them. Saul and his army eventually joined them in the fight, and God helped them drive out the Philistines.
In our lives today, we may not have a physical army pressing us on all sides, but we certainly have an enemy who is trying to keep us in hiding. Ephesians 6:12 says, “…we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (NLT). Like Jonathan, do we have the courage to approach the enemy’s camp? Or do we stay on the defensive?
As Christians, we are a part of a large army. We are a part of the church that Jesus set up. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus tells us this: “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (NIV). Do you realize that gates are protective? Do you see that it is our enemies that ought to be on the defensive, not the church?
Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us then who can be against us?” Jonathan realized the power of God to defeat his enemy. He knew that if God were to offer help that day, the enemy would have no chance to stand against him.
Do you get tired of seeing the forces of evil pervade around us? Are you tired of seeing God’s army—His church—cowering in fear and hiding? We can take courage and approach the enemy’s camp. We can ask God for help as we move in. Take on the heart of Jonathan. Take a stand for what is right today. Ask God to guide you. He can give us victory.
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