I have just finished preparing a message from an incredible passage in 1 Samuel Chapter 14. The story concerns Saul’s eldest son Jonathan. King Saul has just received word from the prophet Samuel that, due to his rebellion, the Lord will take the kingdom from him and give it to another. This of course puts Jonathan in a most vulnerable position. As rightful heir to the throne, he has not only lost his inheritance, but depending upon the new monarch, may also lose his life.
However, what we discover is that Jonathan reveals real courage in the face of adversity. As Israel’s troops find themselves in a stand-off with their oppressors, the Philistines; Jonathan resists the temptation to flee or retreat. Indeed in verse 6 read; “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armour 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!”
Last week Chris brought us a great message about resisting the enemy. This week I continue to encourage you, whatever your situation or personal circumstance to remember that our enemy is a defeated foe. Although we must remain aware of the Devil’s strengths and his strategies, let us not flee or retreat. Rather, let us take heart from Jonathan’s words and remember that although God doesn’t need us, he does choose to use us in order to make his victory know.
Yours and His, Gareth