Nothing Can Hinder the LORD

Recently, I have started using a devotional book, called David: 90 Days With a Heart Like His, by Beth Moore. It has been such a blessing to me! Each day's devotion is pretty short - it's usually less than a chapter of scripture, a couple of pages of her commentary, plus some questions and space for journaling. It's been nice because I usually do my quiet time when Roman is napping -but the last few months, I have been trying to get him to have a quiet time with me...which, for a 19 month old, is a rather difficult task. Each entry in this book usually takes me about 15 minutes...which is just about right for Roman to sit and look at his Bible (and most of the time, other books or puzzles, too!) Anyway, then I can always do more when he's napping, but I also make sure that I at least have spent that amount of time with God each day.
Anyway, that was a long introduction to tell you something quite simple, yet so profound that I ran across in scripture the other day. I was reading from 1 Samuel about Jonathan and his armor carrier defeating a large group of the Philistines. Jonathan says this before they attack:
1 Samuel 14:6
"Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."
Just from this statement, we learn several things about Jonathan...
1. He is admitting that victory cannot come from their own strength and ability.
2. He is admitting that the odds are not in their favor (there are only 2 of them against a large group of Philistines).
3. He is admitting that victory is not guaranteed, but that God can, by His strength do anything with a willing vessel (or 2) :)
How would my life be different if I went into every situation with that kind of faith???

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing that Ruth Ann! That's exactly what my attitude needs to be as I get through this crazy retreat season in youth ministry... I know the odds are against me for pulling it all together... but with God working through me, it'll get done! Amen!! :D