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“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” (1 Samuel 14:6,7).

      While king Saul and six-hundred of his men rested under a pomegranate tree in Migron, Jonathan and his armorbearer attacked and defeated a Philistine garrison, killing twenty men (14:14). This they did by themselves. This attack by these lone warriors spearheaded a confrontation in which the Hebrews so smote the Philistines "from Michmash to Aijalon," that they were pushed back to their "own place" (14:31,46). Had it not been for Jonathan and his armorbearer courageously attacking the Philistines alone, Saul would probably have continued under the pomegranate tree and no victory would have been wrought that day.

      Standing alone is neither an enviable nor comfortable position. Sometimes the enemy seems too numerous and too strong to overcome. Sometimes feelings of fear and doubt often swell and cloud the view of victory. Sometimes it seems the battle is too sore or too costly to be worth the peace that will prevail when the war clouds dissipate. Nevertheless, sometimes, standing alone is the only course of godly action.

      It is sad fact, but true, that fewer Christians are standing for the truth.  More Christians are giving in and giving ground. Many members of the Lord's church have either thrown down the weapons of spiritual warfare in a fit of pacifism or have joined the ranks of the enemy. Ironically, this means that more and more faithful Christians are left to stand alone facing the enemy.   Paul knew what it was to stand alone. "At my first answer," he wrote," no man stood with me, but all men forsook me" (II Tim. 4:16,17). What does one do when he finds himself in this position? He must develop the attitude of Jonathan who stated: "There is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few" ( I Sam. 14:6), and then, with sword in hand, he must pursue the enemy. Would to God that there were more men who exhibited the spirit of Jonathan.

      Too, may God grant unto us more men who exhibit the attitude of Jonathan's armorbearer who assured Jonathan, "Behold, I am with thee" (14:7). If you cannot or will not lead, then at least follow.  If some members would only muster the loyalty to Christ that the armorbearer gave Jonathan, then the enemy would be pushed back to their "own place." It is not how many that stand but for whom they stand that determines victory.

      Where are you now? Are you with Saul resting underneath the pomegranate tree or are you with Jonathan and his armorbearer pressing the battle? Are you worried about how many will fight with you? Then know that there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.  --ELP

August 2011
By Many or By Few
Copyright Eric L. Padgett  03-30-2012
Christian Apologist