President Theodore Roosevelt once said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. But the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms and spends himself for a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither defeat nor victory!”
Saul’s son Jonathan was a man who dared to do greatly at the risk of his own life. But he was not presumptuous in his exploits. He acted because his spirit was stirred by the Lord to act, but before he executed his great attack on the Philistines against all odds, he first made sure that he was acting according to God’s will.
God sometimes stirs us to act against all odds. When He does, He will make it absolutely clear that we are acting in His will, so we can be certain of victory!