1 Samuel 14:1, 6-7 “Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.” “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.”And his armour bearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.”
The army of Israel was terribly outnumbered and in serious trouble. They had no real answer for the trouble. But Jonathan said, “Let us try.” It was not a try in obedience to God, it was a try because he was sitting there doing nothing. There is a lot to be said for trying. Try soul winning. Try visiting on a bus route. Try getting into daily Bible reading and prayer. The attempt to try is often the first step to success. No one knows how a situation will end if they will not at least try. Try getting problems right in your marriage; do not sit back hopelessly waiting for the end of a failed relationship. Try! Try fixing something in time, dating, intimacy, or conversation.
At the risk of getting too personal, try exercise or walking daily; it might give you a longer life to serve God. Try teaching Sunday school again. Leaders do not know if you desire to teach; they are not mind readers. Yes, it is possible that you are a young believer not ready to teach, but why not try? Ask leaders what it takes to teach and see what they say. Some of our finest members “used to teach,” and I, for one, have no idea why they are not teaching now. I will not bother them, but I would love to have them start teaching the Bible to others again. The famous missionary William Cary said, “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” Try… preaching in a rest home or jail. Try… driving a Sunday school bus. Try… working in nursery. Try… applying for a job. No one gets anything done until they have tried.
-Pastor Bruce Goddard
Faith Baptist Church | Wildomar, CA