Where courage comes from

1 Sam 14:6  Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few. ”

Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving.  I am just letting that thought simmer today.  It doesn’t matter if the obstacle is tiny or if it is huge beyond belief; nothing can stop Him from saving.  He is that big, that powerful, and that mighty to save. 

So here’s the scenario.  The Israelites are trying to figure out how to fight the Philistines.  The problem is that they don’t have any weapons (see yesterday’s post.)  So Jonathan sneaks off with his caddy, er, I mean, armor-bearer.  Same thing, really except one carries golf clubs and the other carries weapons.  They didn’t have a golf cart handy, so they trekked through wilderness and cliffs to see the enemy.  Apparently Jonathan has a plan to take them on himself, with the help of his armor-bearing caddy.  And before he even knows how big of a task it is going to be, he utters this statement: Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving.

Here he is, about to face some insurmountable obstacle – an enemy force – and his faith rises up in the Lord his God.  Fear is nowhere to be found; only faith and courage are present.  He stops and asks the Lord what the next move will be.  When he hears from the Lord, he moves forward.  This, my friends, should be our same journey.  It should be a journey filled with faith and courage.  It should be a journey of hearing from the Lord and moving into our battle positions.  Let’s learn from Jonathan today that nothing can stop the Lord from saving!  Because that’s where courage comes from: knowing that the battle is the Lord’s and that nothing can stop Him.

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