Tuesday 9th October 2018
This week we are looking at our devotions from 1 Samuel 14 v 1 – 14. Pastor John King spoke on these verses on Sunday in our morning celebration.
One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.
Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men, among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the Lord’s priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.
On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh. One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba.
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. ”
“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”
Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 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. ”
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.” 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.”
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. In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.
I love the step of faith that Jonathan and his armor-bearer take in these circumstances to defeat the enemy. They step out of the safety zone and into the unknown. As I read these words I am reminded of the Apostle Peter stepping out of the boat onto the water. He too was stepping out of the safety zone into the unknown. The journey of faith with God will always involve “stepping out”. It maybe “stepping out” into a new job that God has given you, “stepping out” in offering to pray for someone, “stepping out” in the Gifts of the Spirit or “stepping out” to talk about your faith. When you step out you grow in your faith and your relationship with God.
Brother Lawrence said:
God has many ways of drawing us to Himself. He sometimes hides Himself from us: but faith alone, which will not fail us in time of need, ought to be our support, and the foundation of our confidence, which must be all in God.
Jonathan says to his armor-bearer, “perhaps the Lord will act on our behalf”. When we step out in faith it causes God to act on our behalf – God never leaves you out on your own as long as you fix your eyes on Him.
How are you going to STEP OUT TODAY?
Have a great day
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church