The Lord saves by many or by few

“Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving whether by many or by few.”  1 Samuel xiv, 6

There was a time in Israel when their leader king Saul was rejected by God for his disobedience. The Philistines were at war with Israel but Israel did not have blacksmiths to sharpen their weapons. So they stooped low by going  to their enemy country to get these sharpened at a very high price. Jonathan, being a man of a spirit different from his father Saul’s, decided to go secretly to the enemy camp with his armor-bearer. Probably he considered it odd to ask his enemies for help during war.

Jonathan knew that God would be on the side of those who trust in Him. “The Lord delights in those who fear him,who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:10, 11). He knew that the Lord would act on their behalf even if they were just two men. After all, the numerous soldiers in the enemy camp were ungodly Philistines. God fights and saves by many or by a few.

God certainly was pleased with Jonathan. God honored him by giving him not just a good victory but a miraculous victory over the enemy. God sent panic into the enemy camp making it easy for Israel to pursue and defeat them. “It was a panic sent by God”  (v. 15). “… it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s.” 1 Samuel 17:47.

We encounter similar situations in our life. We become perplexed. Lack of resources, incapability or weakness can leave us with feelings of helplessness. God requires only one thing from us and that is our complete trust in Him. He is the powerful God who is able to do that which seems impossible. We can hand over our troubles into God’s hands and rest assured that He will turn our despair into a refreshing season of joy.

God can split open the Red Sea for us when we’re incapable of building a bridge. This same God who paved the way through the Red Sea and the Jordan for his people says, “I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.