The Word of Grace Devotion for May 13, 2019
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
1 Samuel 14:6, “Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”
Beloved, Israel was in dire straits. The Philistines were hounding the Israelites and King Saul had just foolishly sacrificed an offering to the Lord in direct rebellion against Samuel’s orders to wait. His impatience cost Saul his kingdom but thankfully his son Jonathan, still served the Lord.
Jonathan looked at the situation and knew that the need was great as they were outnumbered and in trouble. However Jonathan also knew that God wanted to use someone. Something had to be done and Jonathan was willing to be the one God used. He found help in his armor bearer and they went to work.
With the Philistines bearing down on Israelites, Jonathan and his armor bearer take a huge step of faith believing God would deliver them. God honored their boldness and delivered Israel from the Philistines, “For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”
Beloved, you may be facing a difficult trial or situation and from a worldly perspective it seems impossible. You have two choices. You can choose to do nothing and sit under a pomegranate tree like King Saul or you can trust the Lord and take a venture of faith, like Jonathan and his armor bearer.
Beloved, God’s power is never restrained but His will may be restrained by our unbelief. He may choose not to act until we partner with Him in trust. Jonathan had little faith in himself but great faith in God.
A missionary once said, “’The Bible says that you can say to this mountain, ‘be moved,’ and it will be moved…Then God hands you a shovel to began to move the mountain!’”
Beloved, as you face that mountain in your life, take a bold step of faith believing in God’s deliverance and grab a shovel and get to work. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!