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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Continuing my thoughts from yesterday...

Continuing my thoughts from yesterday...consider one amazing story about Jonathan (1 Samuel 14--look it up). Jonathan decides to do what most "sane" people would not by taking on the Philistine army with just his armor bearer. Meanwhile, his dad the king, is sitting under a pomegranate tree with 600 men (men that would have been very useful to Jonathan had he been thinking like most men). Let me briefly set the scene.

Jonathan walks into a pass in the cliffs. On both sides are the enemy (this was a disastrous military maneuver, giving his enemy the higher ground). Jonathan says to his armor bearer, "Let's give this a shot and see what happens." Probably not the most confidence-inspiring speech but effective nonetheless. Why? Because Jonathan trusted the situation to God and said, "Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few." Jonathan dared to dream a plan so big that ONLY God could fulfill it. There was no way that Jonathan should have defeated these Philistines. Perhaps just as amazing is the reply of his sidekick: "Go ahead, I am with you heart and soul."

Wow! Can you imagine? Two guys against twenty or more. Saul would have been furious at Jonathan if he had peeled himself away from his pomegranates long enough to know what was going on. Jonathan puts his life in God's hands and says, "You've got this. I know you do. So do what it is that you do best." And I believe that Jonathan and his boy were in a safer place than Saul and his armies under the tree.

So, again I ask you (see yesterday), what is it that you are dreaming that places your life and your plans squarely in God's hands? I'm so ready to see more of the God-stuff, to see more and more of our people doing the unimaginable and the indescribable because they believe that "nothing can hinder the Lord." Dream big. Dream often. Let your heart be known to God. "Do all you that you have in mind" because I am with you--heart and soul.

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