1 Samuel 14:6-7, 23, “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. 7 And his armour-bearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart. … So the Lord saved Israel that day …”
Hebrews 11:1-2, 6 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. … 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
When you read in 1 Samuel chapters 13 and 14 you will come to the conclusion that both Jonathan and his amour-bearer were men of great faith. And their faith in a great and mighty God resulted in a great and mighty victory for all of Israel. What they attempted and accomplished was very risky to say the least. Nothing safe and normal about it!
Take a moment and try to think of a person in the Bible who followed God while living what we would refer to as a safe, normal, and comfortable life. You can’t. It just isn’t in there!
As your mind starts traveling from Genesis to Revelation, you’ll think of (to name just a few):
· Abraham, who was asked by God to move his family, but wasn’t told where he was going. Wonder how his wife felt about that move? 🙂
· Noah, who was asked to build a boat when it wasn’t raining. Wonder what the neighbors thought? 🙂
· Moses, who, though he was a fugitive from Egypt, marched into Egypt and demanded that Pharaoh let his people go because God told him to do so. Wonder what the Egyptian press had to say about this stunt? 🙂
· Joshua, whom God asked to march around the city walls for seven days, while blowing trumpets, expecting the walls to fall down. Wonder how the military academy would judge this tactic? 🙂
· Nehemiah, left a comfortable position in the king’s palace as a cup-bearer to head back to Jerusalem to do the impossible, the unthinkable, and in a miraculous time at that. Wonder what his peers in the palace court had to say about this “visionary”? 🙂
· Andrew, Peter, James, and John left their fathers, families, future ambitions, and financial security to follow Jesus without ever being told where they were going or what the final consequences would be. Wonder how the Fisherman’s Union felt about this? 🙂
· Matthew, left a lucrative career to follow a Master who had no place to lay his head. Wonder what the other tax-collectors were talking about over supper that night? 🙂
· Paul, left everything behind, counting it as “dung” in order that he might know, love, follow, and serve Christ. Wonder if his fellow Pharisees had a field day with this insanity? 🙂
Church history is filled with countless examples of men and women who surrendered themselves and sacrificed their all to follow Christ. They were all considered radicals and renegades in their time, and by their peers, but of course, today we honor their memory, while at the same time, casting stones at those who choose to follow in their footsteps.
There are so many examples that could be considered [i.e. Hudson Taylor, C.T. Studd, William Booth, Gladys Alward, Amy Carmichael]. If we want to make an impact we will have to step out in faith, and often alone, and more often than not, with much misunderstanding and ridicule!
Just reflecting on a life of faith!!!