“Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised (Philistines); perhaps the Lord will work for us, for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few.” -1 Samuel 14:6
Background story: After being defeated by the Philistines, Jonathan and his armor bearer snuck up to their military station to ambush them.
Faith beyond reason: “…perhaps the Lord will work for us, for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few.”
The phrase, perhaps the Lord will work for us, hits me hard. When I first read this verse, I immediately responded (in my head), “Perhaps? What the heck?” Then I felt a pang of pain in my heart. It took me back to the moments of having “faith for the things yet unseen” (Hebrews 11:1) without seeing God come through for me. And I assume you’ve had those moments too – where you thought you heard God say something, so you believe it, and then you get disappointed because it didn’t happen the way you thought it would. But here’s a funny thing about Jonathan: he said, “perhaps.” Perhaps God will come through for us. That statement gives a huge opportunity for God to not work for them. But still, he said it. Hm…
I believe we all have the ability to hear and see God. But it does take practice. And sometimes we just don’t fully understand what He is actually saying. The moments of disappointment may come because although God did say what we heard Him say, we may have added a couple ideas here and there to that word He gave us. Hopefully you know what I mean. If not, don’t worry, we will expand upon this subject in future posts.
Despite the disappointment, despite the fear of not hearing from God, it is crucial we choose to believe again…and again…and again. Fear of disappointment will only cause us to be more careful, more cautious, hindering us from grand adventures with the ever expanding God of this universe. Like Jonathan and his armor bearer, we need to believe God has our backs.
Like any love relationship, trust is an inevitable component to our relationship with God. I want to persuade us (yes, myself included) to hope again and to have faith in God again. Let’s be honest, it’s the most freeing and happy way to live!