Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 13:1-14:23 / John 13:18-38 / Psalm 66:13-20
What do you do when you are faced with situations that are improbable or impossible? King Saul and the nation of Israel faced a Philistine army that was as numerous as the sand on the seashore. Saul and his army numbered 600 - improbable odds for Israel? No… they were impossible.
Israel faced certain defeat yet Saul’s son, Jonathan, had an uncanny faith in the face of annihilation. With his armor-bearer, He scaled a cliff to reach a Philistine outpost. He reasoned, “Perhaps the Lord will work on our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” (1 Sam 14:6)
Jonathan’s assumption was correct. The Lord would work on Israel’s behalf because The Lord was on their side. God would defend and deliver His chosen people. We can be assured of God’s faithfulness to His people. As we battle the uncertainties and powers that oppose us, God desires to intercede for us. We do not need to question His will - He wants to work on our behalf!
Impossible odds do not overwhelm or restrict God. The size of the Philistine army was no match for the ONE true God. God used the smallness of the Israelite army to mop up the panic stricken Philistine army. It was a great victory for Israel because it was the Lord’s battle. The Lord’s might and power defeated the enemy. What are the odds in your life? It doesn’t matter because... “Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world!”
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!