Thursday, February 11, 2010

Contrasting Opinions

1 Samuel 14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

1 Samuel 14:52 And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him.
1 Samuel 15:4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.

Here, we have two contrasting men with two contrasting opinions. On one hand, we have Jonathan. He realizes that the victory is not in the size of the man, or the numbers of warriors, but in God.

On the other hand, we see Saul. Every time Saul saw someone who was a strong man, he took him for his army. Eventually, he amasses a large army.

It may seem to make more sense for us to get the largest and strongest army possible to fight our battles - but God does not receive the glory in those battles. When we begin to have the same outlook that Jonathan had, we will then begin to see God do great and wondrous things in our midst.

Remember, less of us always means more of God.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the insight. I hadn't compared those two views. It became so apparent that Saul no longer trusted in God -- we overlook the fact that Johnathon loved his father, but trusted God more, even when it was evident that the throne was not to be his.