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The LORD Is Not Restrained

June 19, 2018

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The LORD Is Not Restrained

Sometimes life puts 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  that 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!     My 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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