Seize Your Moment
Posted: Saturday, May 13
1 Samuel 14:1-52
Verse of the day:
Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” (1 Samuel 14:6 NLT)
Saul was king of Israel. He had been entrusted with all the military authority, all the political authority, and all the spiritual authority to go to war against the Philistines. Having only 600 men the Philistines outnumbered them so Saul had decided to stay under a pomegranate tree instead of going ahead to conquer the enemy.
Now, Jonathan did not have the authority, the position, or the title that Saul did, but what he did have was the urgency to fulfill God’s purpose. And so here we find two individuals that have a moment right before them, and one of them missed the God-given opportunity, and the other one stepped into that moment and seized the divine opportunity. Jonathan and his armor bearer climb up this cliff and begin killing Philistines, which caused panic in the camp and lead to a great victory for Israel.
Saul and Jonathan: two people who faced the same moment, but only one seized the divine opportunity.
This story confronts my bent to ‘play it safe’ in life. I pray for God to open doors and I want to see miracles happen but often I’m waiting for favorable circumstances that may never come. It’s as if I believe God wants to make everything in life easy. Not so. There will be times where it will seem as though God hasn’t opened a door yet he’s calling me to proceed anyway.
We sometimes become paralyzed; waiting for God to give us directions and reassure us that everything will work out. But Jonathan wasn’t sure how the battle would turn out, nor did he expect that God would keep him alive. People who seize divine moments are those who know they don’t know the outcome. They live in uncertainty. They understand that God gives them no promise of how long they’ll live, that they’re going to succeed, or that everything is going to be all right.