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Be that One Person Who Makes a Difference

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2 Samuel 14:6 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.

Even if the odds are stacked against you, you do not need a large crowd to change a situation; one person can make a difference. Jonathan chose to be that one person who made a difference. Saul and Israel were confronted by a large Philistine army that the scripture says was like the sand on the seashore. Because the people were afraid, Saul only had 600 men with him who were willing to fight and of that number,  only he and his son Jonathan had a sword and spear to fight. Without the knowledge of his father, Jonathan decided that he and his armour bearer would go over to the camp of the Philistines, because God was able to save by many or few. He told his armour bearer that the sign that the Lord would give the Philistines into their hands is if when they show themselves to them they say come up unto us. Those were their exact words uttered and Jonathan and his armour bearer advanced against them and quickly cut down 20 men. This discomfited the Philistines and they turned their sword against each other. The occurrence emboldened the Israelites who were in hiding and they joined with 600 men of Saul and helped complete the rout of the Philistines.  Victory started with one man who decided he would make the difference.

What is the situation in your life that needs to change? You might have been thinking that you do not have enough resources at your disposal to impact the situation, but that is not true. It is not what you have or do not have that will change the situation; it is your faith in God. Jonathan had faith that God could bring victory even if it was he and his armour bearer alone and that was what God did. He is not limited by large numbers. In addition to faith, the second attribute that Jonathan demonstrated in making a difference was the willingness to confront the difficult situation. Jonathan did not just stand his ground, he left the camp of the Israelites and went over to the Philistines and started to beat them down with God’s help. To make a difference you must be willing to confront the situation that stands before you.

Life Application: Choose to be that person who makes a difference through faith in God and being willing to confront the situation that you face. 

Prayer: Lord, give me the courage to stand even if it means standing alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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