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1 Samuel 14:1 (05.05.21)

1 Samuel 14.1
One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armour-bearer, ‘Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.’ But he did not tell his father.

Why didn’t Jonathan tell his father what he was planning to do? Did he think Saul would tell him not to be so foolhardy (Jonathan could hardly have disobeyed)? Did he fear that Saul would insist on sending an army unit with Jonathan (that would have made it impossible to lull the Philistines into a false sense of security)? Did he fear that Saul would insist on going with him, relying on his own strength instead of on God? – perhaps Jonathan already had an inkling of his father’s failings. Whatever the reason, we can see that Jonathan knew that only God could give them victory against the odds, and his actions were determined by that belief.

Lord, help me trust you, rely on you, depend on you, and act for you.

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