I recently reread one of the most familiar stories in the Bible, the story of David and Goliath. This time around, I saw a new perspective on this amazing story.
Not one other person would challenge the Philistine champion. All of Israel was in fear. When David volunteered to take on Goliath in hand-to-hand combat, a combatant who clearly was the odds on favorite to win, he stated the reason he was willing to go to battle: “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.” (1 Samuel 17:47) The battle is the Lord’s. I am still thinking and praying about all that this means.
We seem to have many battles all around us in the world today. I know that God is sovereign and capable (all powerful) to turn any battle, big or small, into a victory if we are willing to lift up His name and give Him the credit. We only have the tools we have been given, and we continually need to sharpen and practice using our tools. And when God calls us to use them, we must step forward with courage and humility and be ready to give glory to God for the victory that is assured.
Tumultuous times like these have come and gone through the ages. The early Christians were under constant persecutions. Atrocities abounded. The Inquisition was not a fun era in the history of the church for believers. Some thought World War II was the end of the world.
Remember Jesus said in John 14:26-27: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”