Jonathan’s Faith

And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.

I Samuel 14:6

Three wonderful phrases jump out to me from this verse, and from them comes one great truth about the what can happen when one man has faith. 

The first phrase is “Come, and let us go over…”.  Jonathan had faith.  He was prepared to go up against an entire garrison of Philistines with just his armour bearer.  He didn’t say that he was thinking about going up and he didn’t say that he might go up.  He said “Come, and let us go”.  That should be our attitude for the Lord.  When the Lord puts something in our hearts, we should just do it. 

The second phrase is “It may be that the Lord will work for us…”.  Jonathan realized that it was the Lord who could and would give the victory.  And he realized that the Lord couldn’t work for him if he didn’t go up.  He understood that he wasn’t going to win a great victory for the Lord if he was sitting in the camp.  In the same manner, we aren’t going to do anything great for the Lord if we never get off our couches.  The motto of the great missionary, William Carey, was “Expect great things from God.  Attempt great things for God”.  We aren’t going to get “big” prayers answered if we don’t pray them.  We aren’t going to see people come to Christ if we don’t try to bring them to Him.  We have to go!

The third phrase is “There is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few”.  Jonathan understood that with the Lord, he alone could easily defeat any number of Philistines.  And he understood that without the Lord, all the warriors in the world wouldn’t be able to defeat even a single Philistine.  He knew that it was entirely the Lord that would give the victory.  “There is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few”.  The Lord knows none of the restraints that we do.  When something seems to big and daunting for us to handle, it is.  But it is not too big and daunting for the Lord to handle!

What kind of work for the Lord would get done if we had the faith that Jonathan had?

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