Jonathan said to the attendant who carried his weapons, “Come on, let’s cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will help us. Nothing can keep the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.” – 1 Samuel 14:6
Do you find security in numbers?
Jonathan thought that numbers were irrelevant when it came to the activities and works of God. He was so convinced of this “irrelevance” that he and his armor-bearer attacked an entire company of Philistines by themselves. Jonathan knew that God could save. He might not always do it, but He could. The ability to gain the victory was not, as we say, dependent upon the “size of the dog in the fight,” but rather the victory depended upon … who, in fact, OWNS the dog … and God definitely “owned” Jonathan. You see, even the “size of the fight in the dog” is irrelevant if you are not fighting on the right side!
Please, do not misunderstand, I do think some numbers are important. It’s just that I’m not sure why WE should be counting. Are we trying to impress God? If He can keep up with hair follicles, I’m not sure He needs any help keeping count. The only number that truly matters to Him is … one.
There is one God and one Savior and He alone deserves our praise. Let’s do our best to be sure He gets it every single moment of every day!
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. – Plato
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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