1 Sam 14:6
Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”
I love this story. It shows the courage and the faith of Jonathan. And what a leader he was. “Come let us go over…” he said to his armor bearer. He was eager to fight for the Lord, and he was not afraid. The thing I like best about this story is the phrase, “it may be that the Lord will work for us.” This tells us that there was some doubt in his mind as to whether God would work for them and give them victory, but he was so eager that he was willing to try it whatever the cost—to step out in faith.
His faith was not dependent on an assurance that God would work for them; rather it was based on His ability, His power. Jonathan knew without a doubt that God could work for them and give them victory—no matter what the odds were. And I think that is what he was counting on.
I don’t know that I have ever had faith like this. He and his armor bearer were willing to take on the entire Philistine army in the hopes that God would choose to help them, to fight for them. It seems that Jonathan was so caught up in a vision of God giving them victory and his eagerness to test Gods power through them that he was blind to the reality that they were vastly outnumbered. Did they have a death wish, or were they that confident that God would help them?
I seem to always want be sure before going into anything that I will make it out unscathed. Because I don’t like pain or the possibility of defeat. Maybe I should try to be more like Jonathan—just go in there and fight, and see what the Lord will do through me.
If you are interested in what the Lord did for Jonathan, read the story for yourself.
1 Sam 14:7-14
7 So his armorbearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart.”
8 Then Jonathan said, “Very well, let us cross over to these men, and we will show ourselves to them. 9 If they say thus to us, ‘Wait until we come to you,’ then we will stand still in our place and not go up to them. 10 But if they say thus, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up. For the Lord has delivered them into our hand, and this will be a sign to us.”
11 So both of them showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines. And the Philistines said, “Look, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden.” 12 Then the men of the garrison called to Jonathan and his armorbearer, and said, “Come up to us, and we will show you something.”
Jonathan said to his armorbearer, “Come up after me, for the Lord has delivered them into the hand of Israel.” 13 And Jonathan climbed up on his hands and knees with his armorbearer after him; and they fell before Jonathan. And as he came after him, his armorbearer killed them. 14 That first slaughter which Jonathan and his armorbearer made was about twenty men within about half an acre of land.