[vc_row height=”small” el_class=”dailyBody” css=”.vc_custom_1465516518912{margin-top: -25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][us_image image=”31117″ size=”tnail-1×1″][us_separator height=”20px” size=”custom”][us_sharing providers=”email,facebook,twitter,gplus”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]I saw a cute video clip this week of a baby bear running away from a mountain lion. There were a number of times the lion almost caught him. I found myself rooting for that little bear. At the end of the clip it looked hopeless. The mountain lion cornered the frightened bear and began swatting at him with his claws like cats do. Just as my heart began to sink, the little bear stood up on his hind legs and roared as scarily as he could. The mountain lion surprisingly turned and ran away. Just when you think the little bear had won a great victory, the camera pans to show the baby bear’s mother behind him, roaring ferociously at the fleeing lion.

The odds of Jonathan and his armor bearer winning a victory against the Philistines appeared far less favorable then the little bear’s odds against the mountain lion. At least until you see the power of the God who can and did shake the earth that day. Often we lose sight of the advocate that we have in God. When situations look dire, it helps to remember that our God owns everything because He made it all. He can speak anything into existence, He is mightier than a hurricane and an earthquake, and there is no barrier or enemy that can stand against Him. It’s that perspective of God that allows Jonathan to step out like he does in this story.

In 1 Samuel 8 the people had begged God and Samuel for a king to rule over them. Saul’s kingship was a result of that plea. While Saul’s bravest men huddled under a pomegranate tree, we see Jonathan reverting to a higher advocate then his father the king. Jonathan slips out of the camp of human, family, political, and social authority and steps into the kingdom of God’s authority. Which place do you think is safer? What area of your life seems daunting right now? Where could you be stretched? Step into that area with the confidence that your advocate is far greater then any risk you could take to obey. Pray about that area of your life with a prayer like this, “God, what you say, I intend to obey because I trust you.”[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Aaron Bjorklund

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