Outnumbered, But Not Outflanked

Outnumbered, But Not Outflanked

1 Samuel 14:1-6 (NLT)

One day Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on, let’s go over to where the Philistines have their outpost.” But Jonathan did not tell his father what he was doing. Meanwhile, Saul and his 600 men were camped on the outskirts of Gibeah, around the pomegranate tree at Migron. Among Saul’s men was Ahijah the priest, who was wearing the ephod, the priestly vest. Ahijah was the son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the Lord who had served at Shiloh. No one realized that Jonathan had left the Israelite camp.To reach the Philistine outpost, Jonathan had to go down between two rocky cliffs that were called Bozez and Seneh. The cliff on the north was in front of Micmash, and the one on the south was in front of Geba. “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!”

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Jonathan and his squire confronted an outpost of the Philistine army with only two weapons: faith and hope. Their extraordinary victory in one small corner of the battlefield threw a mighty army of 3,000 war chariots and troops that numbered “like the sand on the seashore” into such fear and confusion that they began killing each other! (1 Samuel 13:5ff)

God wants to put these same two weapons—Faith and Hope—in your hands to overcome every obstacle, even the one holding overwhelming odds against you. Faith moves you to action. Jonathan said, “Let’s cross over.” Hope is the security that God will work supernaturally. “My hope is in the Lord,” he said. “We may be outnumbered, but we’re not outflanked!”

Today is the day for you to declare: “I, too, am taking the initiative against the force of the enemy I am facing because my hope is in the Lord to help me.”

Pray this way: Father God, I put myself in Your hands and I move ahead with the weapons of faith and hope believing that nothing can hinder you from defeating my foes, especially the ones that have me outnumbered. In the name of Jesus, Amen!

Have a blessed day!

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