Made for Victory

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

Jonathan was the son of the king and an effective soldier. He had a good reputation and  a good track record in battle. He had a strong sense of adventure when it came to what God could do. The Philistines were the primary enemy of Israel. They were proud, perverted, and powerful.

Because Jonathan believed God had given them the land, and that God can defeat any enemy, he took a risky step. Since he was a soldier, he was shadowed by an armor bearer who carried his shield and extra weapons. The armor bearer rushed into war with his warrior. They fought side by side and in concert with one another. Jonathan approached his armor bearer one day and said, “Let’s go across to see those pagans…Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord.”

The plan was impossible without God’s intervention but evil was afoot, and God was willing to intervene. Jonathan and his armor bearer experienced a resounding victory. They caught the Philistines off guard. There initial assault was highly effective and God threw the entire Philistine army into confusion. As word of the victory spread, the rest of the army of Israel began to rejoice and join the battle.

It was one of the great victories for the nation of Israel, but it started with the actions of just one man. Sometimes all it takes for evil to be defeated is for one good man to do something!

Will you and I be ready for the day we need to act? God may call us to begin a campaign that helps defeat evil. He may call someone else to get it started, then ask you to join in the victory. Either way, you will get to rejoice as you make your vital contribution.

Christian, prepare for battle today. God has made you for victory!


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