Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Devotional Reading for Wednesday, April 13, 2016

[A little more background on these devotional readings: What we are sharing with you is a digital counterpart of a passport size "survival guide" that the team is carrying with them as they travel.  This guide is full of helpful information, travel itinerary, prayer team members, as well as these devotions which have been prepared by former team members who are aware of some of the challenges which will be faced by the current team. I hope they encourage you as much as they encourage the team!]

Today's reading is 1 Samuel 14; 1 Chronicles 4; and 2 Corinthians 13
 
Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.” –1 Samuel 14:6

In the previous chapter, Israel had initiated a fight with the Philistines, and at some point Israel saw that they were outnumbered and hid themselves in various places. King Saul was given specific instruction by Samuel to wait for him at Gilgal so Samuel could lead the sacrificial offerings and Israel would be ready for battle. Given the time crunch and the fear that the Philistines were masterminding a plan that would be hard to stop if he waited any longer, Saul took it upon himself to rush the plan, which cost him his kingdom because he did not obey what the Lord commanded him.  Moving to chapter 14, Saul—once a bold and brave king—is now sitting under a pomegranate tree while his son Jonathan boldly goes over to the Philistine garrison. The way to the garrison is bordered by rocky crags on both sides.  This is where verse 6 picks up.  Jonathan says to the young man who carried his armor, "Come, let us go over... It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.”

Today is the first day of the retreat, and maybe some things happened along the first part of the trip that are throwing a monkey wrench in plans that you have been working on for months. Even though Jonathan was faced with cliffs difficult to climb, he boldly says, “...It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.”

Father, thank you for the privilege to serve those you love. We trust that the promises you have spoken will come to pass because your words do not return empty; the promises shall accomplish that which You purpose and shall succeed in the thing for which You sent it. I pray for the team’s minds and hearts to reflect the character of Jonathan, and when barriers evolve let their faith arise with... “It may be that the Lord will work for us...” Father, it is the “perhaps” that sustains our faith to prepare us for the promises when it comes to pass. You are a good Father and you will deliver. We trust You and will remain patient. In Jesus’ Name ~Amen.

Melissa

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