Fortune Favours the Bold: A Lesson from 1 Samuel 14

“Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.” 1 Samuel 14:6

In Samuel 14 we can see that through the boldness of Jonathan that decided to go alone to the enemy camp, and the encouragement and companionship of his armour-bearer, eventually the battle against the Philistines was won. As they went forward alone, the opportunity arose where they were able to attack the Philistines taking them by surprise. Single handed, they were able to kill around 20 of them. Meanwhile panic and confusion sent from God arose among the Philistines that started to run away in all directions and to strike each other. Seeing that from afar, king Saul and the other Israelite army troops came and attacked the fleeing Philistines, eventually achieving a great victory for Israel.

What we can learn from this story is that through the boldness and bravery of even just two people, the way could be open for the whole army to win the battle. Through the breakthrough of two people, all the people could breakthrough. In mission, and in business it is also like that. If there is one person that can go out with boldness to explore the enemy territory, eventually the way may be opened, and the opportunity may arise and be seized. If one person reaches a breakthrough, this can raise moral and confidence, and open up the victory for all.