Go Ahead

1 Samuel 14:6-7 (NIV)

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

“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

Jonathan was bored and wanted to do something better with his time.  He had a plan to go down his side of the cliff and climb up the other side to the Philistine outpost.  It was just him and his armour-bearer against the enemy’s outpost which we find out later had 20 men in ½ an acre of land.  What was he thinking?  He is out-numbered.  He is the king’s son who is the heir of the throne.  What would happen to the kingdom if he died?  Jonathan had so much trust in the Lord that he didn’t think anything bad will happen to him.  He believed wholeheartedly that nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.  He had no doubt that God is with him.  David had the same heart and attitude when he confronted Goliath.

Jonathan wasn’t asking for approval from his armour-bearer whether it was a good idea or not.  Armour-bearers are usually selected by generals and kings because of their bravery.  They not only bear their armour, but they also stand by them in times of danger.  Jonathan’s armour-bearer was a great source of encouragement.  There’s nothing like having somebody who has your back.  We don’t know his name, but we do know that his loyalty and commitment to Jonathan must have had an influence later when Jonathan develops his friendship with David.  When you have trust in the Lord and have somebody in your corner rooting you on, nothing can stop you.

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