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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

God-sized Battle (1 Samuel 14)

What do you do when you face a God-sized battle or challenge? I don’t know about you but my faith is sometimes pretty wishy-washy.

One minute I can be trusting in God and moving forward in confidence in Him and what He is calling me to do.

But in the next minute, when I realize what lies before me is much bigger than my own abilities, I want to just duck tail and run. This is a constant internal struggle I have with each new challenge that is bigger than the previous one.

But I am apparently not the only one who struggles like this. The Israelites in 1 Samuel 13 had the same internal struggle when they faced the Philistine army.

They moved forward trusting in God until they saw the size of the enemy army and how outnumbered they were. Then they ducked tail and ran.

1 Samuel 13:5-6 The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with 3,000 chariots, 6,000 charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore .. 6 When the Israelites saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns.

But what I need to remember is how Saul’s son, Jonathan, responded to the Philistine army:

1 Samuel 14:6 “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “.. for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!”

Jonathan understood that his own limitations had no bearing on the outcome when he was doing what God called Him to do. He just needed to trust in God.

That’s exactly the mindset I need to have, “nothing can hinder the Lord!”

Could it be that God puts challenges before us that are bigger than we can handle on our own so that we truly learn to trust in His provision and His plan for us?

Lord, even in what's to come, I will trust in Your strength and Your plan "for nothing can hinder the Lord."

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