God’s Salvation

1 Sa 14:1–15


While the Israelites are trembling in fear for the overwhelming military strength of the Philistines, Jonathan son of Saul is heading towards the Philistines with a young man bearing his armor, without telling his father.

“Come, let’s go over to them. God will surely deliver a victory to us. Nothing can hinder God from saving, whether by many or by few.”

“Go ahead; I will follow you.”

“If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that God has given them into our hands.”

As Jonathan and his armor-bearer showed themselves to the Philistine outpost, the Philistines shouted to them, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.”

So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; God has given them into our hands.”

As Jonathan and his young man fight against the Philistines and win with the help of God, the Philistines begin to tremble for fear.

The Israelites, who were a very small force with no proper weapons, were no match for the Philistines with great military power. However, the military power of the Philistines was nothing to Jonathan who had firm faith that God was with him. As Jonathan firmly believed that the victory depended on God’s help, not the number of the soldiers, he was blessed with victory according to his faith.

The result of spiritual battle between the army of heaven and Satan’s force is the same. When we believe that the redemption work depends only on God, any poor circumstances cannot be an obstacle anymore. The faith that sees possibility in the impossible situation, relying on God’s help, is the power that enables us to defeat Satan.