Monday, August 14, 2006

Saving by Many or by Few

In 1 Sam. 14, Saul and his army are encamped opposite the Philistines. Among all the army of Israel only Saul and his son Jonathan have swords. Finally in verse 6 we are told that Jonathan decides to go up against the enemy with only his armor bearer, “For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few." His great faith in the Lord led a victory as the Lord allowed them to kill 20 Philistines in a small area, which, along with the earthquake, confused the Philistines so that they killed one another.

Where we worshipped yesterday morning there were 12 people present. Last night in Tortola we were 16. When a church is this small it is easy to get discouraged, after all, “nobody cares about God or truth anymore”. But let us remember what Jonathan said, the Lord can save by many or by few. If the Lord is for us, who can be against us? With the Lord’s help we will be able to accomplish His work and the church will grow.

Remember when Elijah told the Lord, “I alone am left; and they seek to take my life." (1 Kings 19:14) What was the Lord’s reply? “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him." (v. 18) Brother, Sister, you are not as alone as you think. First, God is on your side and second, you have many brothers and sisters throughout the world who not only believe like you, but go through the same struggles that you do.

Don’t let the numbers get you done. The Lord promises that “My grace is sufficient for you”—He will give you the strength to accomplish His will.


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