Day 102

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1 Chronicles 9:35-39, 1 Samuel 13:1-5, 1 Samuel 13:19-23, 1 Samuel 13:6-18, 1 Samuel 14:1-52 (NIV)

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.

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3 responses »

  1. “Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” I Sam 14:6
    That’s my Commander! Thank You, Lord!

  2. Our words are important, they carry weight. Even though Saul’s curse in 18:24 was very… ill-advised… God still honored it, and as a result the battle was not as conclusive as it could have been. Cursing and bad-mouthing are so common in our culture that we hardly even hear it any more. But God hears, and a blithe “Oh, I didn’t really mean it” doesn’t erase the power of our words. That’s why Proverbs, and Jesus, and Paul, and James warn us to guard our mouths and tame our tongues. We are created in the image of God, His regents on this planet, and He has granted us significant (and frightening) authority here.

    Lord Father, may I be careful to use Your astonishing gift of words to build up Your kingdom, and not to pull it down.

  3. Great post and such a less on of how a leader can become prideful and lose his focus. As we become prideful in our own abilities, we lose sight of the need to trust God. When we lose our focus, we can fall just like anyone else. Thank you for this lesson.

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