Recently, an elder brother in Christ encouraged me with these words taken from a war story in 1 Samuel 14.

“Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.”

He encouraged me to take a close look at that verse, and I encourage you to do the same.

We might be un-able to do as much as (say) a larger congregation, but “nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by few.”

We might not have all the personnel we needed to wage spiritual warfare and reach lost sinners, but “nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many.”

We might encounter a series of obstacles or a variety of unfortunate events, but “nothing can hinder the LORD from saving.”

We might be hindered by lack of members, lack of resources, lack of skills, lack of knowledge, lack of health, lack of space, lack of time, but “nothing can hinder the LORD.”

The war story in 1 Samuel 14 shows us that two men, who were out-numbered, out-flanked, and out-resourced, were able to out-wit and out-maneuver their enemies on the field of battle.

Against all odds, they overcame their enemies. By faith, they accepted an impossible mission and accomplished it with the gracious help of the Lord.

Like Jesus’ disciples, we are often perplexed by the many hindrances of life and the inconveniences of war. This leads us to wonder, “Who can be saved?”

Who can be saved from sin and death? Who can be saved from defeat and shame? Who can be saved from sorrow and disaster? Who can be saved form darkness and Satan?

The answer is found in Jesus Christ. He told his disciples,

“With man salvation is impossible,
but not with God.
For all things are possible with God.”

The LORD is not hindered by our hindrances; he is not restrained by our restraints; not limited by our limitations.

As you take a look at the spiritual conditions of your world, your denomination, your church, your family, your marriage, your career, your heart, take heed that you do not slip into despair or stumble in the darkness.

The bad news is that the world is broken, burned out, and bored. The good news is this: The word of God is not chained. The Spirit of the Lord is free. The gospel of grace is not bound. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving even the most bored, burned out, broken people. As it is written, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

And nothing can hinder those who trust in the LORD from being saved. As Jesus promised, “if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for you.” And the Spirit says, “without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving. This is good news for sinners everywhere, whatever their personal circumstances or spiritual condition.