There is the possibility that we've lost our faith and yet
continue to serve the Lord. When Goliath challenged the armies of Israel, those without
faith trembled in fear. But because David's faith was alive and he saw this challenge and
acted in faith. There is the possibility that our faith suffer shipwreck and we leave
God's people as some have done to Paul. But there's also the possibility that our faith
suffer shipwreck, yet we continue to serve God.
The Bible says without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb
When you had lost your faith you might still do what you did when
you still had faith. Yet there's no more faith and you do not please God anymore.
It was said of Vanya, the young Russian martyr, that he
surrendered his soul and served his Jesus. How did he make Jesus his own? By his faith.
Saul sacrificed to the Lord, but Samuel says to him, 'you have
done a foolish thing and haven't kept the command of the Lord'. Why? Because it was not
done in faith.
This was a very difficult time in Israel. The Philistines ruled
over them. Only Saul and Jonathan had swords and spears. Israel was bankrupt. They had to
go to the Philistines, even to sharpen their plows.
This is the state of a person that has wandered from God. He gets
his weapons from the world. When he is treated unjustly he handles the situation as the
world would, with anger and grudges. Rather remain in faith and get your weapons from God.
Saul found a spiritual reason why he did what he did. Many people
act the same and give a spiritual reason why they leave God's work. Yet they are
completely unfruitful after they had left God's work.
Maybe you've put your life on the altar, make sure you never take
it off again. Here at the mission you could still do what you do for your own reasons.
Maybe you still sacrifice your life but it's no longer in God's way and time.
The first sign a person has taken the sacrifice of their life off
the altar is that they start to criticize those placed over them. And they don't give true
godly advice to people who come for help, dividing between bone and marrow (Heb 4:12). In
stead of being sharp to discern and tell a person to deal with the grudge in their life
they simply tell the person to passively accept the situation they are in.
The time when a person takes the sacrifice off the altar is
usually when they experience pressure from other people. That's when you say more than you
have to say in a situation and you know the situation was handled correctly until you
added that sentence and said those extra words in the flesh.
We have a very sly enemy against us. He wants your faith to suffer
shipwreck. He has no feeling for you (1Pet 5:8; 1Tim 1:19).
The best test if a person is from the Lord, is to look if his or
her life bears fruit, are others coming to know the Lord through his or her life?
But there was hope for Saul still, if only he would have
acknowledged his mistake and asked for forgiveness he would have found forgiveness. But he
sought for excuses.
Even if your life has become bare, destroyed by your sins, yet if
you would come in remorse and acknowledge your sins, you will find grace abundant.
It's interesting that Saul still reigned for 42 years, he stayed
with God's people, fought against God's enemies, yet it was all done without faith. It did
not please God.
But Jonathan is a blessing indeed. Even though his father, whom he
had to look up to, had lost his faith, Jonathan hadn't lost his faith. He took up the
baton his father had dropped and continued in faith and Israel conquered the Philistines
because of Jonathan.
Jonathan is a type of Christ. He made a covenant with David even
as Jesus made a covenant with us. Jonathan was the only king of Israel who willingly laid
down his right to become king for David, even as Jesus laid down his Glory in Heaven to
save us. Jonathan even pleaded for David's life so that his father tried to kill him and
threw a spear at him. May the Lord raise up Jonathan's among our young people.