1 Samuel 14:1-23
Ever been in a fight? The people of Israel we outnumbered 10 to 1 and without weapons. Their leader, Saul, just sinned against God and literally the Israelites were trembling, hiding in caves and under rocks in fear for their life. Then Jonathan says to his armor-bearer, hey I have an idea! “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the LORD will work for us.” Now when he says cross over, he means walk through a ravine, climb up a rock wall to the military base that is strapped to the hilt with pro military men. Not the best attack plan. But hey, perhaps the Lord will work for us. Here is the kicker. The rest of verse six explains Jonathan’s reasoning for this idea: “the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few.” So they send it, slay 20 guys and take the garrison! Jonathan is such a beast, but truthfully the Lord is the hero in this story. The Lord is not restrained! If the world is beating you down right now, know this truth. The Lord is not restrained! Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God loves you and is not restrained to save you. So take a moment and turn to him, trust him. The Lord is not restrained!
What challenges are you facing today externally? How about internally?
What is holding you back from trusting God completely with these challenges?
Who can you encourage with this message of hope today?
By Jonny Nelson | Minnetonka, MN