I Samuel 14 Part 1–Perhaps The Lord Will Act On Our Behalf

In Israel, things looked pretty hopeless.  Saul and his men were gathered and did not know how to proceed.  Saul’s son, Jonathan decided to seek the Lord and do battle.  Jonathan proceeded with one thing on his mind–“Perhaps God will act on our behalf.”  Jonathan moved forward, seeking the Lord each step; and God blessed his efforts.  Jonathan destroyed an outpost with only his armor bearer and the Lord.  Jonathan and his armor bearer killed 20 men and changed the course of the battle.
 
God does his best work when we have no way of helping.  He takes our most dire circumstances and turns them into our greatest victories.  What’s more, when we recognize that it is God, not us, that is doing the work–we can relax and allow Him to complete what He has started.  It always comes back to our willingness to trust the Lord, follow Him and submit to His plan.  When we do, God takes the impossible and turns it into what is possible and glorious. Today, focus on God and ask Him to act upon your behalf.  Watch what happens and follow His lead.  As you do, He will rock your world.
 
God Bless You

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.10 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.”

11 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.” 12 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.”

13 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. 14 In that first attack, Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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