Cabin Devo with Miss Brooke

Having Faith, Courage, and Trust in Challenges

Scripture References: 1 Samuel 14:1-14


This year I will be leading a Bible study with a campus ministry at NC State, where I go to

college. In preparing us for the semester, one of our staff members shared some encouraging

truths from a passage in 1 Samuel with a few of the first-year leaders. I don’t know what the

months ahead look like for you, whether you're doing school online, or working, or acting in

some sort of leadership position, or just staying safe at home, but I feel confident that whatever it

is, you will find this story applicable to your life right now.

In the few chapters leading up to 1 Samuel 14, Israel is preparing for war against the

Philistines, and it’s looking pretty bleak for Israel. While Saul, who is supposed to be leading the

Israelite army, sits under a tree, Jonathan decides to take action and ultimately give God a chance

to display his power and glory. Jonathan takes one of his servants with him to scope out the

Philistine camp, and when they find a good place to ambush them, Jonathan says to his

armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord

will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”

I think there’s a few things we can learn from what Jonathan says here. It is obvious that

Jonathan is completely dependent on the Lord. He knows that God must act for them, otherwise

their attempt to attack the Philistines would be in vain. I’m going to go ahead and spoil the

ending by telling you that God does indeed act, and he receives the glory because of Jonathan’s

humility and dependence. While I’ve never had to face the Philistines in battle, I’ve certainly

faced challenges in my life, and we’re all facing a huge challenge with the COVID pandemic

right now. If I’m being honest, my first reaction to situations like these is usually to become

anxious, start questioning God, and run from anything that I perceive as difficult. Jonathan, on

the other hand, boldly and courageously walks into a difficult situation because he knows that

anything that makes him need God is a blessing.