As a Christian sometimes trusting God all the time can be difficult. We desire to trust him in all things but sometimes our flesh gets in the way. As I was in God’s word he showed me the type of trust in him we need to desire to have. That type of trust is the type of trust that Jonathan’s armor-bearer had in him and the type of trust Jonathan had in God. Jonathan trusted God to the point that he believed with just him and his armor-bearer that they could take down the Philistines.
When Jonathan brought this thought to his armor-bearer he could have easily looked at him funny thinking in his mind are you kidding me. Nope that’s not what he did instead he basically said let’s do it. What I find fascinating is that he totally trusted Jonathan and just like that we sometimes trust people more than God. The real reason I believed Jonathan’s armor-bearer trusted him was because he had seen his trust in the Lord and this event wasn’t his first time witnessing it. When I think about that it shows me when others see our trust in the Lord when it comes to our life circumstances just how powerful it could be. So what type of trust is this? Well I’m glad you asked and because of that I’m going to show you in God’s word the type of trust that they both had and how it looked so follow along.
1 Samuel 14 New International Version (NIV)
14 1 One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. (They are going alone and no one knows)
4 On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh. 5 One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba. (The journey was not an easy one neither was the terrain)
6 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” (Trust in the Lord displayed)
7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” (Total trust displayed)
8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.” (Again trust in the Lord displayed)
11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.”
So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.”
13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre. (God rewards those who trust in him)
20 Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords. (Inspired by Jonathan’s actions and went to battle)
23 So on that day the Lord saved Israel, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven. (Jonathan’s trust in the Lord and his armor-bearers trust in him allowed God to be glorified)
Jonathan’s trust in Lord and victory from the Lord inspired his father and soldiers who went into battle and came out victorious. When we trust in the Lord in all circumstances it allows us to be rewarded and him to be glorified. I believe God is waiting to deliver us from some battles but he’s waiting on us to have trust like Jonathan and his armor-bearer so what are we waiting for!!!!!!