Saul and his son Jonathan had a tumultuous relationship to say the least. Much of this was due to the unfaithfulness of Saul and his own sin against the Lord. Some was due to the paranoia of Saul and his disdain for his son’s relationship with David who would eventually become Saul’s successor. But, in the midst of all that turmoil we see that Jonathan was his own man. While having an impact on his life, Jonathan doesn’t follow the same path as his father; rather, he remains faithful to God even when it means going against his own dad. What a tremendously difficult thing to do. It is for that reason and others that I have always saw Jonathan as an amazing example in scripture.
Today we see the confidence Jonathan has in the Lord as he sets out with just one other guy against an outpost of Philistine soldiers! You might wondering, is Jonathan really that confident in God or if he just inherited a little of the crazy gene from ol’ dad. I believe the Bible supports the former rather than the latter. Nonetheless, Jonathan boldly approaches this conflict with a heart surrendered to the Lord. Look again at his conversation with his armor bearer:
Jonathan said to the young man who carried 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 can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.”
What confidence Jonathan had in the Lord! His statement highlights the fact that he places complete faith in God to defeat his enemies and not in himself. Jonathan had a proper view of God that wasn’t emasculated or impotent. Jonathan’s view of God was one of sovereign lordship and power to accomplish anything, even the seemingly impossible. This example is so applicable for us today. Our perspective of God is vitally important to how we live our lives. A.W. Tozer said “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” As believers, if our view of God is right based on what God has declared about Himself in scripture, then our lives will be propelled by faith that cannot be hindered by earthly obstacles standing in our way. As the church, if our view of God is right based on what God has declared about Himself in scripture, then the gates of Hell can’t stand against what God can and will do through our church! Let’s live our lives with that kind of confidence in our God, individually and as a church and see what God will do!
Take time today to refresh your perspective on God and place yourself in the proper position in light of that truth. Then spend time relenting your enemies, difficulties, hurts, struggles, etc. to God in confidence knowing that “nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or a few.”
By: Matt Mofield