Wednesday 10th October 2018
We continue our devotions today again looking at 1 Samuel 14 v 1 – 14
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.
Why was is that Jonathan and his armor-bearer could trust God to sustain them and give them the victory as they stepped out in faith? I think it is because they knew their God. They knew that God was in the business of saving people and nothing would hinder that.
When we step out in faith we need to check our motives – why are we doing what we are doing? Is it because we want to build God’s Kingdom? When we step out in faith to do the things that are dear to God’s heart, God will always carry us through. This was true in the early church and it is true for us today. I am convinced that as we step out in faith for “Building for the Future” God will supply all our needs as we keep our eyes on Him and have a passion for the lost of this town.
What are you stepping out in faith for today? Is it close to God’s heart? If it is then God will surely sustain you and give you the victory.
Have a great day!
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church