Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.” (1 Sam. 14:6)
I read this portion of the scripture sometimes last week, and I feel my understanding from it will help some of us who are in pursuit of purpose but are not making much progress because we are not growing in our knowledge of God that makes us strong to do exploits.
The army of Israel led by the King Saul were hiding in the caves perhaps afraid of defeat and with no sense of the reality of God’s help. Saul’s son, Jonathan, then invites his armour bearer to an adventure that would involve going to the outposts of the enemy. This was a suicidal mission that involved great risks and taking the enemy alone was not a very promising military strategy. Yet, Jonathan goes ahead with his plan but not without hope. He had a hope that I believe, came from his knowledge of God. He hoped that because of his identity as a circumcised Israelite, God would be on His side. He knew that if the Lord was on His side, victory was certain.
I imagine Jonathan hearing a voice saying “But there are only two of you against so many…” See Jonathan’s response in the rendition of the Contemporary English Version.
“It’s just the two of us against all those godless men,” Jonathan said. “But the Lord can help a few soldiers win a battle just as easily as he can help a whole army. Maybe the Lord will help us win this battle.”
Jonathan had an amazing wealth of knowledge about God’s ability to fight with a few. Maybe he had read in the books the story of Gideon and his men. This knowledge certainly produced in him a level of confidence that inspired his armour bearer too.
Have you received an instruction from God and you hear a voice saying you are too small, or your money is not enough, or you lack the connection, or you are too uneducated to carry out that task? Maybe it is true. It was true that it was just two men against many but it is also true that if the Lord is with you, you have all that you need.
Perhaps, It is true that you lack the resources to pull through with that vision, but it is also through that God’s wealth is unfathomable.
Perhaps it is true that you don’t have the requisite education, but it is also true that God’s spirit teaches the deep things of God to the unlearned and God can raise men who will help you in that regard.
Perhaps it is true that you don’t have the needed influence to take you to places but it is also true that God rules in the affairs of men!
I am not saying you should not try to get better where you can. Neither am I asking you to throw away all reasoning and caution. What I am saying is that the pursuit of purpose requires us to walk by faith and not by sight and sometimes we look foolish doing so.
Stop sitting down idly when God already gave you an idea. All you need to do is to check your identity status. Are you on the Lord’s side? Is He for you? If the answer is positive, soak yourself in God’s Word and let the God-kind of faith grow in your heart. Surround yourself with people who believe in God and your vision and are ready to stick their necks out for you.
When Satan comes to remind you of your inadequacy, tell him to mind his business; the battle is the Lord’s!