Scripture Reading: I Samuel 17
“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head…that all the earth may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hand.'” (I Samuel 17:45-47)
One of the most familiar stories in the Old Testament is found in I Samuel 17 — the story of David and Goliath. God providentially sent David to the battle line where he heard Goliath issue the challenge to the Israelites. David boldly took on Goliath’s challenge (vs. 31,32). He did so out of faith in the living God. He had seen how God had worked in his life in some dangerous encounters with beasts (vs. 33-36). David had absolute confidence in God’s ability to deliver him — “Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defiled the armies of the living God…The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (vs. 36,37).
While Saul and his men were filled with fear, David was armed with faith. He knew that God would give him the victory. He knew that he battle belonged to the Lord — “For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will deliver you into our hand.” Saul offered David his best armor on and weapons, but David refused to use them (vs 38-40). David totally trusted God and he used the abilities God had given him to defeat Goliath.
When we face great challenges, will we trust in our own strength and ingenuity or will we trust in the One who will give us the power and ability to overcome them? David had absolute faith in the Lord of hosts. Do you?
But let’s move forward to the greater David, Jesus Christ. He faced the greatest battle of His life — the cross. He totally trusted His Father and submitted to His will — “Not My will, but Thine be done.” He won the ultimate battle, not with angelic armies, but with willing submission to His Father. Now, King Jesus leads the armies of heaven. The battle belongs to Him and He has promised to give us the victory.
Lord Jesus, Captain of the hosts of heaven, I know that the battle belongs to You. Just as You give David victory over Goliath, I believe with all my heart that You will give me victory over the battles I face in this life on earth. You are the conquering King who defends Your people. You provide the armor we need for the battles we face and I know that ultimately the battles I face belong to You.
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