Don’t Be Afraid to Fail: 1 Samuel 14:1-23

1 Sam. 14: 1-23

Saul’s son Jonathan and his armor-bearer took off to fight against the Philistines. Now, Jonathan isn’t sure that this is the right thing to do, but he is also not sure that this is the wrong thing to do. In verse 6 Jonathan says to his assistant, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.”

a)       When is it, or is it ever okay to make a life altering decision when you have no clear direction from God?

b)       What is the benefit/damage of this making such a decision?

c)       Do you suffer from A-ty-chi-phobia?

d)       Would you ever be willing to make a mistake in honor of God? 

QUOTE: We tranquilize our lives by limiting the amount of anxiety that we experience by not trying anything new or different that might fail (“Learn How to Fail”, a blog for TheCreativityPost by Michael Michalko).

Jonathan’s decision was based on the reality of and his assurance in the power and ability of God to save. Only Jonathan and his armor-bearer go out to fight against the enemies of Israel (e.t. 2 men). Saul, on the other hand, refrains from acting (for whatever reason) and he is surrounded by 600 men, including the priest Ahijah. Ahijah is perhaps consulting the ephod to see if they should go out to fight against the Philistines or not. I believe that this may have contributed to the restlessness of Jonathan and his armor-bearer.

What we have in this story is a display of the awesome power of God. This story reminds me of 1 Cor. 1:26-29 and 2 Cor. 12:9. My encouragement to you is that as you look at your weaknesses and limitations, that you focus on the great opportunity for God to make Himself famous through you. Don’t be afraid to fail while in a true pursuit of God.

One thought on “Don’t Be Afraid to Fail: 1 Samuel 14:1-23

  1. I appreciate your writing—convicts and encourages. Leads us to seek Him. Thank you for using God’s gifts to honor Him. Jeanette

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