One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man bearing his armor, "Come, let's go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side." But he did not tell his father.
1 Sam 14:1
Jonathan is one of my favorite people in the Bible; he is bold, unconventional, and faithful. All three of these traits are on display in this single verse.
Gloom has filled the whole land of Israel as the Philistines are raiding at will. Saul, Jonathan's dad, the king of Israel, is just sitting under a
tree not knowing what to do.
But Jonathan had faith that nothing could stop God, so he devised a plan. Can you hear him, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail".
He tells no one of his plan other than his armor bearer. It's just him and his armor bearer against the Phillistine army.
Have you ever had a friend who would be the only one to stand with you as you faced an army?
I have, and I would take on the world with those friends
standing beside me.
I believe he didn't tell anyone of his plan because he didn't want Saul to find out. Saul had lost touch with God and would have discouraged him or announced his plans like he had previously done (13:3).
There is huge lesson in there for us, when you are feeling a prompting from God to do something, make sure that when you seek advice, you get it from someone who is walking with God. I've learned that when you are attempting something so unconventional for the Kingdom of God to seek counsel from people I know who walk with God. Why? It won't make any sense to those that aren't, their God is too small.
One of you routs a thousand, because the LORD your God fights for you, just as he promised. Joshua 23:10
Jonathan's plan succeeded, two men climbing on their knees were able to take out an entire army!
What is it that so BIG that God only needs you and one other to take on?
God might want to use you and someone who says "I am with you heart and soul" to rescue an entire nation today!
"So the LORD rescued Israel that day," 1 Sam 14:23