STEP OUT

| 8 May 2013 |

STEP OUT

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: 1 Sam 14:1-14

*14* 1 One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man bearing his
armor, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other
side.” But he did not tell his father.

2 Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree
in Migron. With him were about six hundred men, 3 among whom was
Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod’s brother
Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the Lord’s priest in Shiloh.
No one was aware that Jonathan had left.

4 On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach
the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez, and the
other Seneh. 5 One cliff stood to the north toward Micmash, the other
to the south toward Geba.

6 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to
the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the Lord will act
in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by
many or by few.”

7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go
ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

8 Jonathan said, “Come, then; we will cross over toward the men and
let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to
you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if
they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be
our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.”

11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost.
“Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of
the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to
Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you
a lesson.”

So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord
has given them into the hand of Israel.”

13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his
armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan,
and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first
attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area
of about half an acre.

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Sometimes we need to start walking, and trusting God to guide our
steps. This is what Jonathan, son of Saul did. He left the comfort
zone of his camp, probably fairly unsure of what he was going to
encounter up ahead, away from his father’s army. But he felt
strongly enough that he stepped out in faith, and trusted that God
would act on his behalf and give him a sign as to what he should do –
should he stay where they were, on the ‘safe’ side of the cliff,
or should they climb up, confident of the Lord’s victory.

The sign was before them and they did what they believed God was
calling them to. The end result was success and they killed about 20
men in the enemy camp.

That may not seem like a huge number in light of the vast armies they
were fighting at the time. However, it was 20 more than they would
have killed if they had stayed in the comfort zone of their camp.
Their step of faith resulted in a positive result as their kingdom
advanced.

A CALL TO ACTION

How comfortable are you? It’s very possible to be TOO comfortable,
and to not advance in your own journey, and the Kingdom of God,
because you are not willing to step out in faith and trust God to
guide your steps.

Is there something you have been feeling an urgency toward, something
you have been thinking you should do but haven’t had the courage to
do? Let Jonathan be your example today. Decide to step out in faith
and trust God to guide your steps for His glory.

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Lord thank you for your plans for me. Thank you that your plan is to
prosper me, to give me a hope and a future. Please give me the courage
to step out in faith. Help me to trust you as I do so, and please
guide my path. For your glory, amen.

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