““Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” 1 Samuel 14:7 NIV
Jonathan, the son of Saul knew that God could save Israel with a few soldiers or with many (1 Samuel 14:6). But Jonathan knew that he needed the support of his armor-bearer to get the job done. Without knowing how God would use them, Jonathan entrusted the support of his armor-bearer whom replied, “I am with you heart and soul.”
There are times when we need encouragement and support from our husbands or wives, parents, family, friends, or maybe even colleagues to make a change in our life, to move forward on a business venture or a discovery, to break a habit, or to pursue a delayed dream. We not only need a pat on the shoulder, but a soldier that will go into battle with us, even if it means risking something, as in Jonathan and his armor-bearer’s case – they made the choice to risk their lives for the kingdom.
Jonathan needed his armor-bearer to say, “Let’s do this,” and he also needed him in battle. As Jonathan entered the garrison crawling on hands and knees, his presence made the Philistine soldiers fall to the ground, and as the armor-bearer followed behind Jonathan, he slayed each fallen soldier with the sword. Jonathan’s presence at the right place and at the right time brought what he was seeking into his hands. His supportive backing sealed the deal by killing twenty men, but it didn’t end here. This act brought about fear in the Philistine garrison, followed by a trembling, then an earthquake and confusion. Finally ending in Victory for Israel, and defeat for the Philistines.
What if Jonathan’s armor-bearer told him that to enter the Philistine garrison at that time was a bad idea? Or to go alone was downright stupid? Perhaps, Israel wouldn’t have won the battle that day, and pushed the Philistine camp farther away from the land promised to Israel.
My message to you today is to let no one steal away your joy, vigor, dreams and desires.
Father in Heaven, there is someone out there today that needs to be encouraged. Send them a vessel that will not only give them a pat on the shoulder, but is willing to go with them into battle. Amen.
Have you missed an opportunity to be that vessel of encouragement? Have you been told that you should not write that book or start that business? Has someone told you that you are strong enough to face that sickness or divorce alone? Remember, we serve an awesome and powerful God. If he has given you a seed, he will see it to fruition through faith in the mercy and hope of Christ Jesus.