Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God. (1 Samuel 14:15)
God is the One who moves hearts and minds.
When I think about how hard it is for me to simply change myself, I come to the realization of just how hard it is to try and change someone else. Why don’t people see things through my lens? Why don’t they agree with my perspective? If only they knew what I know, they would think what I think. Those are nice thoughts, but they’re unrealistic.
We may be able to move a person temporarily, but true change comes through the working of the Spirit of God.
When Jonathan began his attack on the Philistines, it was nothing less than the Spirit of God that threw the enemy into a panic. Jonathan did not frighten the people; the Lord did. The situation would have been impossible had it been up to Jonathan’s strength; but it wasn’t.
Just as God can move a person to panic, He can also bring an unexpected peace in times of trial and difficulty. God moves hearts and minds by His Spirit, for His glory. Try as you might, your strength isn’t great enough to change anyone else – you must leave that up to God.
Father, help me to remember that You are the God who changes hearts and minds. You move people; not me. Direct the hearts and minds of this generation to You. Give them peace in turmoil and strength in adversity. Draw them to You, and may Your Name continue to be made great among us!