1 Samuel 13:19
19 Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!”
This single verse describes the tyranny with which the Philistines menaced the Israelites in the Old Testament. By this time, the Philistines had grown so powerful in the region that they even kept tight controls over potential weapon-makers (blacksmiths), so that the Israelites could not rise up against them with any serious force. At the time, Saul had been named the first king of Israel, but had already proven himself more self-focused and impulsive in his leadership; needless to say, it was a scary time for the average Israelite!
Yet even then, as chapter 14:1-23 proves, God was still with His people. Though the Israelites were unarmed and seemingly defenseless, caught between internal political strife and external military threats, God was still working, bringing confusion to the Philistines and helping the Israelites to rout them. The overall struggle was not yet over, not by a long shot, but this battle, which had seemed so hopeless at the outset, was utterly changed with God’s help.
The lesson here? Even when we feel powerless, defenseless, completely without what we need, God can and will provide. He will bring a fitting resolution to your problems, one you might never have been able to imagine; it may not come right away, but when it does, it will be perfectly timed to God’s plan.