Jonathan had such confidence in God that he told his armor bearer to let them be seen by the enemy. I Samuel 14:8. That is faith and hope! In verse 11, Jonathan and his young man reveal themselves to the enemy. Notice in the latter clause of verse 11 the response of the Philistines. They say that these two men have come out of their holes. Please read verse 9. (I jumped ahead of myself!) Jonathan says to the young man if the Philistines say “tarry,” then they will stand still. If they say, “come,” then they will come out and reveal themselves to the Philistines. In verse 12, the Philistines answer by saying, “come.” This was their signal to come out against the enemy. Jonathan said that the Lord had delivered their enemy into their hands. What confidence and assurance in the Lord is revealed here! The enemies “fell before Jonathan; and his armour-bearer slew after him.” I Samuel 14:13.
Jonathan’s confidence (faith) in the Lord caused him to win the battle. That is what we must place our hope in. God and Him alone. This is hope in action. Hope is never stagnant. It is always moving. This is what our hope can do for us. Are we like the average individual? Do we have the habit of saying “I don’t want to get my hopes up?” We are already defeated if we say that! You should get your hopes up because your hope is in Jesus Christ. Hope is not silliness. I would like to quote what the author of “Practical Christianity” says: “Hope is the quiet whisper inside the Christian’s heart that says, well…it’s possible.” [Practical Christianity, Chapter 8: The Value of Hope – Why Be Optimistic, page 209.] Note the following verse:
Ecclesiastes 9:4 (KJV)
(4) “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”
Where there is hope–there is optimism.
It is an assurance that does not work on options. We do not have to work on options either. God is in control of everything! Like Warren Wiersbe calls one of his books, which is entitled “Be Hopeful!”