Working With God

1 Samuel 14:6 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.

 I would like to draw your attention to the statement that Jonathan made in 1 Samuel 14:6 “it may be that the LORD will work for us”.  Jonathan knew that if he were going to win the battle against a garrison of the Philistines, which was a group of about twenty soldiers, it was because God did something.  At the very end of this account in the Bible, the people save Jonathan from Saul’s foolishness and they make a peculiarly interesting statement that is recorded in 1 Samuel 14:45 “he hath wrought with God this day.”   So who defeated the Philistines?  God did of course; but who swung the sword?  Jonathan did, of course!   Let me bring up another great example of this: who defeated Goliath? It was God for sure! But who slung the stone?  That was David.  The point is that God does the work but He does it through His people.  The great heroes of the Bible were great because they were working with God.

There are two truths that I want to drive home today.

  1. First, is that we would do well to be sure that we are not working against God in our lives.

If you are spinning your spiritual wheels and getting nowhere fast you had better check to be sure your life is in tune and direction with the Almighty. For without God, our flesh is weak and frail. Our flesh is incapable of accomplishing the work that God has for us. Christians need to depend on God for the ability to accomplish the will of God, but also they must be sure not to be impeding the will of God. As children of God we are supposed to be co-laborers, but we are supposed to labor how and where God tells us to labor. We must depend on God, but we must also not be in the way of God. As spiritual leaders we must be headed in the same direction as God. If your youth group is not growing spiritually, if the spirit of your youth group is dead, or if your youth group is carnally minded it is time to check and make sure we are headed in the same direction as God. We must check that we have the same desires as God, and we must be sure to have the same emphasis as God. For if we do not have these things  properly cared for in our youth groups, our teenagers will suffer and not become the Christians that they should be.

  1. Then I want you to understand that while it is God who enables us, it is we who work.

God wasn’t going to swing Jonathan’s sword nor was He going to throw David’s rock.  Jonathan and David understood that even though they were the ones swinging the sword and throwing the rock that God was the one who was doing the real work.  God has things that He wants to accomplish, but they will never be accomplished if we do not do them. God works through men to accomplish His will. If we are going to see God work, then we must stay busy doing His will. If we desire to help our teenagers we must not rely on our talents or our abilities or our knowledge. We must rely on God for our ability to help our teenagers, but on the other hand we must work as if it all depends on us and pray as if it all depends on God. God will not be able to work if we do not. So youth pastors work to build up your teenagers. Put time, effort, and money into them, and at the end of the day when you have done all that you can do pray to your Heavenly Father to work in the teenagers hearts as only an omnipotent God can do. Let us partner with God for the sake of our teenagers.

If we want to see God work in our lives, our homes and our ministries it will be because we are working with God.


Robert Pophal
Senior Pastor | Rose Park Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan