Christians have a different basis for their hope. Their hope is not in this world. They have a hope that goes beyond the grave. It is a hope that is eternal in the heavens. It finds its foundation in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells of such hope. It is founded in an active God, which caused them to stay positive in the midst of terrible circumstances. The Israelite army was in a crisis. Note the problems they faced:
1. The Philistines had five times as many chariots as the Israelites had men;
2. The troop strength had dwindled to six hundred;
3. King Saul had lost control of the troops;
4. King Saul could not make up his mind what to do;
5. His options were severely restricted;
6. The Philistines had captured all the Israelite blacksmiths–no new weaponry
The Israelites were waiting to die–BUT
In comes Jonathan, the king’s son. He could not rally the troops. He did muster only a scrap of hope. He turned to his armor carrier (bearer). He suggested to this young man to go to check out the Philistine outpost. Why did he do this? Note the following verse:
1 Samuel 14:6 (KJV)
(6) And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
Note what Jonathan says. It might be that the Lord will work for us. This is where Jonathan placed his hope–in the Lord. There are no restraints on God. He is well able to when the battle with many or with few. He is almighty and all-powerful. Nothing can stop Him from winning the battle for us. This Jonathan walked in faith when it came to winning a battle. This is the same mindset that we should have when we are faced with insurmountable problems. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. By His outstretched arm, He is able to win the battle for us. Nothing or nobody can win the battle when it comes to the Lord.
Jonathan spoke faith in his God. He made no promises, predictions. He stated the facts. It was possible with the God of Israel. He was so sure that they would win the battle that he and his armor bearer allowed the enemy to see them. Notice with me I Samuel 14:6-13. These verses include the discussion Jonathan had with his armor bearer along with the response of the Philistines. Positive words against negative words. Positive won the battle!
In verse six, we read that Jonathan called the Philistines “uncircumcised.” They were an ungodly bunch! The armor bearer agreed with his master. Those two were speaking and walking in faith. The armor bearer responded by saying “Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.” I Samuel 14:7. Jonathan knew that the young man agree with him. When you are faced with a battle that only God could win, you need somebody to be in agreement with you. You should not have somebody who will go against your plans. Faith and hope are connected with one another.
End of Part One