By Sandy Kirby Quandt
There was a battle going on. The Israelite army stood on one hillside. The Philistines stood on the other. In the valley between the two stood the Philistine champion, Goliath, who at over nine feet tall was a rather intimidating foe.
For forty days Goliath shouted challenges and defied the God of the Israelites. The men of the Israelite army were scared. The Bible says they were “dismayed and terrified” and “ran from him in great fear”. (I Samuel 17)
Then in walks David who was probably a teenager at the time. He brought food to his three older brothers who were serving in King Saul’s army. He asked what was going on, found out, and decided to do something about it.
You know the story…David kills the giant. But David doesn’t take credit for the defeat. He gives the glory to the God who had delivered David from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear. The battle was the LORD’s.
We face giants today. Some days, the battles are fierce. Other days just naggingly annoying. Some days the battle has raged for a long time. Other days we’re blindsided. Either way, if we go out in our own strength we’re sure to fail, or at the most, win only a partial victory.
God has given us tools to fight our battles. His Holy Word and his Holy Spirit. We must train to do battle. We’re only fooling ourselves if we believe we can win in our own strength. Not gonna’ happen. We need to give our battles to the LORD. He is the one who gives the victory.
I’ve mentioned new phrases I tell myself…Shields Up! and More Pie, Please. Well today I’m adding a new one which you may find helpful to repeat. The Battle is the LORD’s.
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All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands. I Samuel 17:47 (NIV)
I wish you well.
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Aren’t we glad we don’t have to fight our battles alone?