Adventurous faith is rooted in our knowledge (or theology) of God

Today I was preaching at Kingsgate from 1 Samuel 14. In this amazing story we read these words:

Jonathan says “Let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.” (1 Sam 14:6)

Jonathan illustrates for us that true biblical adventous faith is profoundly rooted in our knowledge (or theology) of God.

Jonathan is expressing a belief in the absolute sovereignty of God – “nothing can hinder the Lord…”

The Bible clearly teaches us that God has the right, power and wisdom to do whatever he pleases. Nothing can frustrate his plans. We see this in Psalm 115:3

“Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases.”

And here in Job 42:2

“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

A.W. Pink once described the sovereignty of God in this way:

“A ‘god’ whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title to deity [or being God].”

Jonathan was able to confidently face being outnumbered, out positioned, out gunned, because of a deep rooted belief in a God who was truly … God

 

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