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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How Big is Your God? (1 Samuel 14:6)

"Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."

Saul had six hundred soldiers who were scared to death, a small view of God, and a large view of the enemy. Jonathan, on the other hand, had one totally committed, young armor-bearer, a large view of God and a realistic view of the enemy ("uncircumcised fellows"). The enemy always appears large and the battle impossible when your view of God is small and when those around you also have a small view of God; fear then rules the day. 

Jonathan recognizes something that his own father, the king, misses: God is enough. When God is enough the size of your enemy or the enormity of your battle or need is irrelevant.

Not only does your view of God determine how you view the enemy, it also determines how you treat those around you, especially those "under" you. While Jonathan refreshes his strength by eating honey Saul commands his troops to continue fighting without any refreshments at all. Saul thought that victory depended upon an army motivated by hunger, instead of upon the LORD's assistance.

If your life is dominated by anxiety, prayerlessness, and scheming, you may be operating out of a small view of God.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading: 1 Samuel 13:23-14:52
  • How does God assist Jonathan and his armor bearer in their skirmish with the Philistines?
  • What was Saul's main concern when he hears about the Philistine's defeat?
  • What energizes all of the Israelites who've been hiding from the enemy?
  • How long does Saul reign as king before he builds and altar to the Lord and prays to the LORD?
  • What does this tell you about Saul?
  • What do the men of Israel do that reveals their lack of respect for Saul's leadership?
Turning truth into prayer
 Are you fretting or worrying about something? Surrender your care to the Lord, who is mighty in Sstrength and glorious in power.