BIBLE READING: I Samuel 14
“If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them. But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us.” I Samuel 14:9-10
This chapter has quite the contrast. We see Saul developing a battle strategy, while Jonathan and his armor bearer take off to fight. First, Jonathan acted on faith. Knowing the Lord was going to have the victory. Second, he was bold because of his faith. Every time I put confidence in myself, my pride will lead me to fail. If I put my confidence in God, He can give a boldness to overcome. Last, Jonathan showed true character through out the chapter. Though there were his father’s inconsistencies, Jonathan tried to best fight and follow God.
What can we learn from Saul this chapter? There are several prideful characteristics that he showed. Throughout we can see Saul was self-righteous. That can be a dangerous and sometimes easy trap to fall into. To make others think you are being spiritual while there is personal gain involved. This can be caused easily by pride and self-centeredness. Probably from guilt, Saul wanted to reflect that he was making great spiritual decisions. The principle is true even today, what is in our heart will eventually show on the outside.
In our service to God, which of the two will be best reflected of us? There are times, we may unfortunately serve or make decisions according to our pride, but I am thankful for a God of second chances. If we allow Him in a humble spirit, He can lead us in boldness to serve Him. The importance of this chapter, God will lead to those who truly acknowledge Him. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Let’s have God direct our steps as we try to best serve Him.
David Fulp II