“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul” 1 Samuel 14:7 (MSG).
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 there. This act brought about fear in the Philistine camp, followed by trembling, then an earthquake, and finally confusion. The battle ended in victory for Israel, and defeat for the Philistines.
What if Jonathan’s armor-bearer told him that to enter the Philistine camp at that moment in 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 by God.
My message to you today is to let no one steal away your joy, vigor, dreams, and desires.
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Here are some questions to coach yourself into greatness!
- Have you missed an opportunity to be a vessel of encouragement?
- Think of a time when you discouraged someone instead of encouraging them.
- Reenact that situation, but this time change your discouraging words to encouraging words.
- How can you redeem yourself as far as this situation is concerned? Take those steps today!