“Faith never knows where it’s being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” Oswald Chambers
How could four simple words impact me so much? They are found in 1 Samuel 14:1 and if you blink, you just might miss them. One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. Because of Jonathan’s initiative and willingness to listen he, with the help of one other man, defeated the Philistines. The four words that have me completely floored are these, Come let us go. Each word by itself seems very small and insignificant but when you put them together they definitely pack a punch. I did not discover the importance of these words on my own, they were pointed out in an amazing book called Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus. I borrowed this book from a friend and before I’d read 10 pages I decided I needed my own copy because this was going to be one of those books that I was going to read over and over again! This book talks about seizing the power of every moment and that’s why the story of Jonathan that includes my four new life-changing words is included.
I can think of many times in my life that God whispered in my ear, Come let us go, but I can only think of a very few times that I actually surrendered and followed with reckless abandon. Normally when this call would come my response would range anywhere from “I’d like to know where we are going first before I decide” to “This is a really busy time for me, can we do it later?”. Not exactly seizing the moment was I?! I’ve discovered that the times that I feel the closest to God are the times when He calls and I follow even though I have no idea where we are going. From a young age I decided that I wanted to be a teacher so that’s what I went to school for and that’s what I became. I loved teaching and thought that I’d be doing it until I retired. I’d been happily working with children for 9 years when I heard God say it’s time to go and I actually said okay, let’s go . I had no idea where we were going when I resigned my position but I had complete and total peace that this was the right thing to do. Because I seized the moment God has given me several new passions that I never imagined I would have. When the disciples were in the boat Jesus came to them, walking on the water. He said “Come.” So Peter got out the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. Are we willing to get out of the boat and go with Jesus? When He says, come let us go, will we go?
Maybe these four simple words will have a life-changing effect on you too….
Jaclyn Williams | surrenderedsojourner.com