With a little or a lot.

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! – 1 Samuel 14:6

Saul’s army had been nearly decimated or sent into retreat by the Philistine enemy forces. There were only 600 men on the roll call at that moment. Many had deserted the Israeli army and retreated into hills, caves, and other natural defenses. Jonathan and his armor bearer, however, decided to go AWOL and went over to the enemy camp with the intent to destroy some of their foes. Jon decided that God was on their side and launched an attack on an outpost that eventually led to the enemy forces being routed. What started with the choice of two young men turned into a great victory for the Lord’s people.

So many times people want to do things on a grandiose scale and then bask in the limelight of their apparent success. What they forget is that real success comes through true humility. Jon and his aide didn’t know at first if they’d succeed or not, but they trusted in God to be on their side and help them defeat the enemy. Also, there was great wisdom in Jon’s words. He acknowledged that God can bring about a victory with a vast hoard or with just a couple of boys. The difference is that regardless of the numbers, God must get all the glory. We need to learn that same lesson ourselves. Elsewhere in the Bible we read that one can set 1,000 to flight and two can scatter 1o,000. If God is not given the glory, the reward will be short-lived and often ending in bitter disappointment. Therefore, I ask you (as well as myself), “Will you allow God to fight for you and thus receive all the glory? Or, will you do your thing and take the credit and lose out on all the blessings God has in store for you?” Think about it. Remember, too, that God doesn’t and won’t share his glory with anyone, period!

Father, how silly of me or anyone to think that we could take credit for the work you do and have done in our lives! Help me to develop the sense of humility and character that Jonathan displayed that day when he routed the Philistine army through your providential intervention. You moved earth literally to bring about a great victory for your people and to proclaim your name among them. I am willing to step back and watch you take not only center stage but the spotlight as well and do your thing among your people. I merely want to be a tool in your toolbox used to help bring about that victory and shine glory on your name. Help me, Dad. I need you above all else. In Jesus’ name, Amen.