Our house is a hybrid of the do-it-yourself series, This Old House, and the hilarious movie from the 1980’s, The Money Pit. Never mind that my kitchen is probably from the 1950’s; we are evidently concentrating on the outside for the time being. At this writing, our fairly large free-standing garage is being resided to match the main house we re-sided not too long ago. A few months ago we had a friend put in a brand new concrete front walk, which necessarily included two sets of steps (we live on a small slope.) He’ll be out later for the back steps and the driveway.
It’s tempting to be discouraged when there is a formidable task at hand and (seemingly) not the appropriate resources to accomplish that task. Most of us have been there, are there, and/or will be there in the near future. Such was the case with King Saul’s son, Prince Jonathon.
Context: His father having just failed his first spiritual test by not waiting on the prophet Samuel, the Israelite army was now in severe disarray and facing the menacing Philistine nation. Less than a thousand Jewish soldiers remained. Thankfully, one of them was Jonathon.
Make that two: Jonathon AND the nameless guy who carried his armor (as well as his own, I might add. I love nameless people in the Bible and the important role they play! But that’s for another story.)
Jonathon was undoubtedly aware of his father’s blunder, but saw the task at hand, counted the resources he had, and chose not to shy away from honoring God. He says decidedly:
“Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “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!” (1 Samuel 14:6, NLT)
Here’s the thought: when the battle is truly God’s, the circumstances pale in comparison to God’s power and provision, and most of all, His character. The young prince and his assistant began with what they had, and God provided the rest, in some pretty amazing ways as it turned out.
It gives me pause, as well as encouragement, to ask myself what things God is putting in my sphere of influence to accomplish—in a relationship that seems broken beyond repair, or in a financial situation that was tanked by recent economic downturns, or any other number of things that seem (and are) impossible for me…