One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man bearing his armor, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. I Sam 14:1
I love this story. Jonathan has had enough so he goes and fights the Philistines. He is son of the Saul, the King. He runs off and fights without telling his Father or his fellow-soldiers. He acts on his own. A true renegade. He wasn’t exactly clear on what God wanted him to do but he knew one thing for sure: inaction was not the answer.
Why do we wait around on everybody else to move before we decide to do something? Maybe it is time to move on our own. Is God calling me to move in a certain direction? I don’t know but he is not calling me to sit still. Why not take a few steps forward and see what happens. Don’t bother checking with the crowd. They are frozen. They are waiting for someone else to make a move.
I remember as a kid we were shopping for a certain item as a family. After all day, looking at tons of stores and several options, my Dad finally said “Let’s just do something [make a purchase] even if it is wrong.” Inaction kills.
If God is stirring something in your life, forget forming a committee. Forget taking too long to think about it. Just do it. Take a few steps and see what God is doing. If we are moving wrong, he will tell us. He is God.
God, thanks for guys like Jonathan who have the guts to move and the sensitivity to listen to you and nobody else. May I be that kind of person.
[tags]decisions, 1 Samuel, Jonathan, God[/tags]