Carole Yurewicz, Executive Assistant to the Executive Pastor
Uh-oh, what is happening with Saul? He was God’s choice as Israel’s first king. We were reminded in chapter 12 that we should serve and obey God in all that we do. By Chapter 13 Saul has taken things into his own hands letting pride, disobedience, impatience and poor leadership put Israel in a critical situation to be defeated by the Philistines. All of this comes about because of Saul’s declining spiritual character.
Chapters 13 and 14 are a clear example of how NOT to handle difficult situations and how TO trust God for victory over our problems. God can make use of our strengths AND weaknesses. Our weaknesses should remind us of our need for God’s guidance and help, but what really jumped out at me was the loyalty and bravery of Jonathan’s armor-bearer.
The armor-bearers’ responsibilities were just what their title implied. They were chosen to carry their leaders’ armor into battle, and to aid and protect them from harm. What an expression of servitude.
1 Samuel 14:7 NIV
“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”
Jonathan’s armor-bearer was ready to follow Jonathan wherever he went. He must have had a real trust in the Lord and in Jonathan’s leadership ability. How important it is for us to have support like that in our own lives and to be that kind of support for others. That is exactly how I want to be in every area of my life. I have written this verse down and will use this note to remind myself to turn to God for guidance and then be the armor-bearer for those around me.
Verse 23 tells us the precious truth of our loving God, “So on that day the Lord saved Israel.” It’s the Lord that saves us all in every battle we fight if we let Him. God gave them the victory by using Jonathan and his armor-bearer, but without Him they, and we, could do nothing.