With the recent earthquakes to strike Haiti and all the other horrible and depressing stories that one sees when watching the news it's inevitable to sit back and wonder if there's any hope in the future. While flipping through the bible I came across 1 Samuel 14 and read an incredible story of a man by the name of Jonathan who offered some words of encouragement to help us through these rough times.
If you have a bible at your desk, open it up to 1Samuel chapter 14. If not, you can find it here. I want to focus on verses 1-15. In a nutshell, Jonathan is the true prince of the nation of Israel and decided one day to go out for a walk with his armor bearer (A type of personal assistant mixed in with an apprentice back in those times). While walking he comes upon a group of Phillistines in a field. The Philistines were Israel's greatest enemy at the time, and the two nations were constantly at war. Verse 6 of this chapter offers up some wise words from Jonathan.
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.
The New Living Translation has Jonathan saying, "Perhaps the Lord will save us." What a huge statement of faith on Jonathan's part! He went out for a walk not knowing what would meet him. He didn't expect to run into his enemies. For all we know, Jonathan just wanted to stretch his legs a little and now he's outnumbered over ten to one.
And yet still Jonathan trusted in the Lord. With no positive certainty that God would stand by him, he tells his armor bearer that the Lord is still able to protect them. He makes a blind leap of faith and goes out to face his enemies. His faith proves true as you find out he and his armor bearer kill twenty men between the two of them and a sudden earthquake deals with the rest.
When going through problems and trials, know that the Lord has your back. Perhaps He will make your enemies lie at your feet. Perhaps not. He is still able to save you and worthy of your trust.