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Israel seemed defeated and scattered. Men had defected, others simply ran away and hid. Then Jonathan sought the Lord’s help and direction and routed an outpost with no one but the Lord and Jonathan’s armor bearer. When the remaining troops saw what Jonathan had done, they revived, reorganized, returned and attacked.  In addition, the mighty Philistine army panicked and melted like a group of children. Israel attacked and routed the Philistine army, that day.  The entire face of the battle and the army turned because one leader trusted God and did what God led him to do.
 
In our lives, we need to follow the same pattern for life.  We need to trust God, wait on him, and step according to His lead–and not our own.  There are times when the battle seems hopeless, but with God’s leadership and assistance, the victory can be ours.  We need not fear life–we need to trust God. Paul said it best, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control..” 2 Timothy 1:7.  If we will lead like Jonathan, God can and will deliver the battle into our hands!
 
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Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.[a]

16 Saul’s lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions. 17 Then Saul said to the men who were with him, “Muster the forces and see who has left us.” When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.

18 Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God.” (At that time it was with the Israelites.)[b]19 While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”

20 Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords. 21 Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. 22 When all the Israelites who had hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were on the run, they joined the battle in hot pursuit.23 So on that day the Lord saved Israel, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven.