For There is No Restraint

This scripture will direct us to real revival, and we have to embrace it for motivation.  Jonathan makes a statement to his armor bearer that is worth noting.

I Samuel 14:The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah. And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few. And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

Every word Jonathan said had meaning.  This wasn’t a flat statement.  The armor bearer was with Jonathan to face the Philistines.  God never failed David with the Philistines, and we see in this little-known story that he worked for Jonathan too.

Jonathan was the son of King Saul.  Israel was under attack and under great oppression from Philistia. The Philistines were conquerors, mean people, and bigger physically than the people of Israel.  Their intent was to stomp out Israel and take the people as slaves.  In a spiritual sense, we face the same today.  On a large scale, the same master behind the Philistines is behind the world system today—the devil.  They thought they could squish Israel.  In their mind the God of Israel was nowhere because he could not be seen with the human eye.  On the other hand, their god was named Dagon, and he was a big man-made image and highly visible.

Here at a place called Michmash Jonathan found himself.  Isn’t that how the devil fights us?  He works a “mishmash” using our family, friends, job, the television, and anything else he can to fight us.  He tries to discourage us and get us to focus on what’s around us instead of God.  He tries to flex his muscles like the Philistines.  There is only one true God, and he doesn’t need to flex his muscles.  There is none like him.  We don’t need a visible God because what he does invisibly is far above what we see from the devil and his false gods.

King Saul didn’t want to face the enemy. He was hiding under a pomegranate tree.  We do that.  We hide from or put off what we need to do.  Revival happens when we quit putting off what God wants and get on the front line.  If we don’t fight, the devil will run us over.  We live in a corrupt world with the devil controlling much of the government, many communities and families.  Then we see the falling away from God and a mass explosion of counterfeit Christianity.  It can be scary, and we’re susceptible to get caught up in in all.

Don’t ever think you don’t need revival.  We all need it worse than we realize.  We don’t need to be part of the confusion of the world, part of the “mishmash.”  God has taken us from nothing and given us everything.  He’s still the Lord God Almighty.

Verse 4 describes Michmash.  There was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side.  It was not a nice place.  You may feel life is rough and the first thing you want to do is run from God.  Goliath called David a dog.  They called Jonathan something that came out of his hole.  It was just Jonathan and his armor bearer.  These two men approached this pass and said “let’s take ‘em on.”  Here is why he made such a statement.  If they went face to face and tried to tackle the Philistines, it may be that the Lord will work for us.

David went in the name of the Lord of Hosts.  Jonathan was saying “we are not alone” and it may be that the Lord will work for us.  Don’t run from the Lord.  Run to him.  Remember greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.  Quit running.  The Lord will work when we face what holds us back from revival.  Face it in the will of God.  There is no restraint to the Lord.  He will work.  We limit and restrain him because we can’t or won’t do what we need to do.  God wants us to trust him and go forward.  We don’t go in our own strength; we go in the might of God.  When the armor bearer saw Jonathan’s confidence, he agreed to move.

We’ve run long enough.  If we sit down, the devil will get to us.  God is bigger than we are, bigger than the devil, bigger than our problem.  If we’re willing to tackle what’s in the way, it may be that the Lord will work for us.  He’ll give us victory.  Two men—Jonathan and his armor bearer—killed twenty Philistines that day because they were willing to move forward and tackle the problem.  God was with them.

Be willing to believe there is no restraint with God.  Will you call on him and let God work for you?

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