Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, March 11, 1998
Dear Colleagues,


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Good Morning!

With fear or faith?

King Saul and his son Jonathan illustrate both:

SAUL, panics as he sees his troops deserting him while on a military skirmish as they await the priest’s appearance to offer a sacrifice. So Saul steps in and presumptuously  assumes the priest’s religious duty.  

I saw that the men were scattering.” – Frazzled by circumstances.

I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me…’”  – Ruled by fear.

I felt compelled to offer burnt offerings.” – Prompted by  emotions. 

The consequences?  Saul is dis-enfranchised as king, (and dies a premature death):   

…Now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader…because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”  (1 Sam. 13:14)

JONATHAN, by contrast is vastly out numbered by the Philistine army, yet chooses to believe God to use him in defeating them.

Come, let’s go over to the Philistines” – Scoped out the enemy.       

Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf” – Made himself available to be used of God.

Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few” – Believed  God could use him to destroy the enemy.

The consequences?  Jonothan victoriously destroys  enemy forces.

SAUL saw  challenging  circumstances through the eyes of fear and failed

JONATHAN saw challenging circumstances through the eyes of faith  and succeeded. (I Sam.13:1 – 14:23)

QUESTION: When you are faced with difficult circumstances that appear to be overwhelmingly impossible, what do you do? Panic, like Saul and resort to your own  solutions? Or do you, like Jonothan trust God, and see Him come through with His solution?



My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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