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The Secret of Courage

We all know about David’s victory over Goliath (1 Samuel chapter 17).  But I am struck with the parallels between this and Jonathan’s daring assault on the Philistines which took place before that (chapter 14).

In both cases, King Saul (Jonathan’s dad) was paralyzed with fear in the face of the threatening Philistine army on one side and his own demoralized and dwindling troops on the other.  Twiddling his thumbs and wringing his hands, he was taken unaware when Jonathan took the initiative in an act of faith.  And it was the same scenario when David appeared on the scene in answer to Goliath’s challenge.

I love their bold statements:

Jonathan (to his armor bearer):  “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans.  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!”  (14:6)

David (to Goliath):  “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD … whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head… And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!”  (17:45-47)

The result? 

Jonathan and his companion killed 20 Philistines.  The rest panicked and fled, and God sent an earthquake to further terrorize them.

David killed Goliath.  The whole Philistine army fled and was totally devastated.

Jonathan recognized in David a man who, like him, who was totally sold out to the God who alone is victorious against all odds.  May I follow in their footsteps today, on God’s side and taking each step confident in His guidance, protection, provision and power.

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Audacious Faith

Israel was in big trouble. That big Philistine had kept them quaking in their boots for over a month already.  It seemed hopeless.  Stalemate. 

Then comes Little Brother with food and lots of questions.  But wait–this “little brother” was the one who had been anointed as the next king right in front of his older brothers!  And he’s the one who had killed a lion and a bear bare-handed.  And now with God’s power, Goliath was no match for him!  “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?…The LORD who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”  And He did.  (1 Samuel 17, NLT) 

Now back up.  His soon-to-be best friend Jonathan had done a very similar thing just three chapters before.  With only his armor-bearer, he successfully attacked a Philistine outpost saying, “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!” And He did.

Don’t you love it?  These guys are my heroes.  God still does miracles, and He still uses people who step out boldly for His cause, depending on Him.  I want to be one of them!

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