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Not Restrained

November 9, 2014

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Not Restrained

Sometimes life put us  between a rock  and a hard place.     That was Jonathan’s situation.     Jonathan was King Saul’s son.     Because of Israel’s sins,  God allowed the Philistines  to oppress their people  and take away their weapons.     The Israelites  were not allowed  to have a blacksmith,  so they were unable  to make swords  or spears.     And,  they had  to humbly go  to a Philistine blacksmith  in order  to get their plows sharpened.     The only Israelites  who had a sword  and spear  were King Saul  and his son Jonathan.

In this predicament,  the Philistines  were assembling  to fight the Israelites  with thousands  of chariots,  horsemen,  and many soldiers.     It didn’t look like a fair fight.     But,  Jonathan  was ready  to see  what God would allow him  to do  with one  of the Philistine garrisons.     Jonathan  and his armor bearer  —  all by themselves  —  neared the Philistine camp,  and Jonathan said  in 1 Samuel 14:6,

Come  and let us cross over  to the garrison  of these uncircumcised;  perhaps the LORD  will work  for us,  for the LORD  is not restrained  to save  by many  or by few.

In the beginning  of the encounter,  Jonathan killed around twenty soldiers  and his armor bearer helped.     That put the Philistines  in a commotion  and God provided  an earthquake.     With all that confusion,  the Philistines began fighting one another,  killing each other off.     Then,  when the other Israelites discovered what  was going on,  they joined  in the fight.

The end result showed  that it was the LORD  who delivered Israel  that day.

When we put  our confidence  in the LORD  and trust Him  the way Jonathan trusted,  “the LORD  is not restrained  to save  by many  or by few.”     Jonathan’s whole life  and demeanor  was faith  and respect  for the LORD’s ways.     He  was never one  to try  and glorify himself  or think  of himself  as better than others  because he was a prince  in Israel.     Jonathan simply  always did his best  to honor the LORD  with all his living.

In our walk  of faith,  and as we face  many challenges  of faith,  let us always remember  that  “the LORD  is not restrained  to save  by many  or by few.”

Always honoring the LORD  for who He is,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your salvation  in Christ Jesus  is our eternal victory.     Thank You  for leading us  through this wilderness  and bringing us home  to be with You  forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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