Summary: A crisis is a test. It reveals our attitude towards God and faith in Him. What is the posture of your heart?
Saul showed an unwillingness to trust God. This sounds odd at first. Why would anyone not trust God?
• If we think of our own experience, then we can understand. It could be pride (we think we know best), freedom (I like to do what I like), pleasure (I want some fun), or fear (sacrifices are involved)…
• Faith in God needs to be cultivated. Trust don’t come overnight. And it starts with the posture of your heart – Are we willing to trust God?
I find Saul and his son Jonathan exhibiting two different postures towards God.
• Saul is self-centred and fearful of many things; he’s looking at himself.
• Jonathan is willing to look to God. He may not be sure of all the answers, but he is willing to learn to trust God.
We saw that last week. Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost with his armour-bearer.
• Saul was at Micmash and he at Gibeah, and they were facing the same problem.
• But Saul chose to sit under a pomegranate tree and do nothing, while Jonathan decided to trust God and do what he can.
How do we know that Jonathan is not just being presumptuous?
• In his conversation with his armour-bearer, we see the words “THE LORD” being mentioned again and again.
• 1 Sam 14:6 Jonathan said to his young armour-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.”
• When they reached the valley, 1 Sam 14:8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that THE LORD given them into our hands.” (It’s like Gideon’s fleece test…)
• The Philistines called them to come over, so Jonathan said to his armour-bearer, “Climb up after me; THE LORD has given them into the hand of Israel.” (14:12b)
He did not say I AM RIGHT! It’s the LORD who will help us win this war.
• We cannot be certain of any of these attempts, but this one thing Jonathan was sure, God is present and He is willing to help them.
• There are many things we are not certain in life, but are we WILLING to trust Him. What is the attitude of our heart towards God?
Indeed, God responded to Jonathan’s faith in Him. 14:15 “Then panic struck the whole army — those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties — and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.”
Saul heard the news, got to the place and saw the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.
• 14:23 concludes saying, “So on that day the Lord saved Israel.”
• God acted in response to the faith of someone who is willing to TRUST Him.