“And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for [there is] no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” 1Sam 14:6 (KJV)
Jonathan was a brave man. Imagine taking on the whole Philistine army with one other person. Of course, the other person was just as brave as Jonathan. And the slaughter they made that day was almost unbelievable.
Jonathan knew something the Philistines didn’t know. He knew God was not limited by man’s limitations. Do you know that? Do you know that God can work through the most unsuspecting person? Do you know that that knowledge makes you different from other people? I don’t know how others get their things done, but I do know how Christians do it — the same way Jonathan saved the day for Israel. Here are some things you need to know about Jonathan.
He was a man skilled in war. How presumptuous of him to enter the Philistine camp knowing nothing about how to handle a sword! But Jonathan had perfected his craft. True, God could have used him still; but his expertise was valuable in God’s hands. That’s why his armor bearer followed him so fearlessly — he knew Jonathan was prepared.
He knew God. That was obvious: “there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.” He knew, though a skilled warrior, any handicaps he might have were no hindrance to God. God was able to take what Jonathan had and make it enough for the task at hand. So he offered what he had.
He put his faith on the line. He said, “God will work for us. I am stretched out here, Lord. It’s all yours.”
Know your craft, know God, put it all on the line. Watch what God can do. Stretch out for Him (do your best), and watch Him make it happen. You can’t save by many or few — but He can!