Before embarking on every action, it is prudent to always carefully plan and analyze whether that which we seek to do will be relevant or not. We need to count the cost and know whether we have what it takes to complete the said task. In essence, we need to apply the principle of logical reasoning. Logical reasoning in itself is not bad. It helps us to carefully weigh the different sides of situations. It assists to also anticipate problems and develop strategies for solving them.
Nonetheless, logical reasoning can be a good servant but a bad master. It can really limit you from stretching or pursuing your dreams. Logical reasoning may inform you to get a lot of things together before you can embark on any productive or successful activity. But should that always be the case? Let’s consider something that happened during the days of King Saul, his son, and the Israelites. The Israelites wanted to attack their enemies, however, they didn’t have the needed resources (no sword or spear).[i]In such a state, logical reasoning presented several factors that discouraged them from moving ahead. But during such a time, Jonathan made a profound quote; “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few.”[ii]A careful overview of Jonathan’s quote review the following lessons
- Change the way you see your opposition: How you see a challenge influences your approach towards it. If you see it too big to handle, it will sap your strength and hence discourage you from fighting it. But if you see it as something you can overcome then it spurs you to overcome. Jonathan saw the garrison as uncircumcised; unworthy to ride over them.
- Decide to move ahead: Decision making is very powerful. When you decide to do something, by some divine permutation, things begin to fall in order. Decision making enlightens our sight to see Tony Robbins, once asserted that“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.”[iii]
- Take a step with what you have: This is one of the principles in life that some people choose to misapply it but the truth is that we always use what we have to get what we want. Also, without taking a step, you can’t get to the next step. You always need to have a premise to build on.
- Don’t despise what you have: Nothing is too little to start any given project. As often said, nothing great started great, every great thing started little. You just need to start from where you are with what you have. After all, it’s the accumulation of the little things that make the big things. Despising what you have is just another way of impeding yourself from what you seek to get.
- Nothing restrains God: We serve an Omnipotent God; He’s powerful enough to turn every situation for good, better or best. He isn’t limited by anything; whether what you have is little/in excess, is still sufficient for God to use it for a great course. Permit me to repeat what Jonathan said, “For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few.”
- Listen to your heart: One of the most powerful voice you can ever listen to is the voice of the heart. Of course, God’s voice reigns above all. When you listen to your heart, it reveals to you, your true potentials and also it motivates you to press on in life. Obeying and doing things from the heart will always give you peace and success.
The bottom-line is this, pursue any given course with what you have. Thus, pursue in your might, knowing that no matter what you have, God can still turn it around for your good. Also, using what you have paves way for you to get what you want. When Jonathan moved ahead even in the absence of spear and sword, God gave him victory by causing confusion in the camp of their enemies. Moving ahead is a key to seeing things with a better lens as well as attracting the needed assistance.
Knowing the nitty –gritty before embarking on any given course is very important. But oftentimes, it doesn’t turn up to be so. And so, be encouraged to take steps to achieve your God-given potentials, pursue with what you have, go-in your might, for the LORD is with you.
God loves you and always want the best for you.
[i] 1 Samuel 13:22
[ii] 1 Samuel 14:6