By Sandy Kirby Quandt
There was a battle going on. The Israelite army stood on one hillside. The Philistines on the other. In the valley between the two stood the Philistine champion, Goliath. At over nine feet tall he 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”.
Then in walks David; probably a teen at the time. He brought food to his three older brothers who served in King Saul’s army. Asking what was going on, he found out, and decided to do something about it.
You remember the story … David kills the giant. But David doesn’t take credit for the defeat. He gives the glory to God who 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, our 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 most, win only a partial victory.
While my recent battle with resolving the hack/hijack/redirect issue with Woven and Spun was huge for me, I know it is extremely minor compared with the battles many folks face on a daily basis. Flooding from Hurricane Florence last month, and Hurricane Michael this month being two such things.
God gave us tools to fight our battles. His Holy Word and his Holy Spirit. In order to use those weapons, we must train to do battle. We’re only fooling ourselves if we believe we can win in our own strength.
We need to give our battles to the LORD. He is the one who gives the victory.
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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This is an updated version of a post that originally appeared on Woven and Spun May 9, 2014