Jonathan said to the young man, “Let’s cross over to the camp of those heathen Philistines. Maybe the Lord will help us; if he does, nothing can keep him from giving us the victory, no matter how few of us there are.”” (1 Samuel 14:6, GNB)

It is one thing to boast about what God can do in any given situation, it is quite another to actually act on what we believe God can do, especially when the odds are stacked heavily against us, as they were against Jonathan and his armor-bearer here.  Jonathan was risking his life based upon what he knew about God’s character “nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few” [ESV].

We might call this “real courage” over “theoretical courage.” Theoretical courage is based upon what God can do, real courage is taking action not knowing what God will do.  Sharach, Meshach, and Abed-nego had real courage when they were thrown into the fiery furnace; Jonathan and his armor-bearer display real courage here.

The Scriptures both demonstrate and call upon us to live our lives with real courage.

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