The Lord’s Battle

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “…The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

I Samuel 17:33-37


I Corinthians 1:27 reveals the truth that the Lord uses our weaknesses to display His strength. I am certain that the people who watched David thought he was foolish to fight the Philistine giant. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. David may have appeared foolish, but he knew that the battle was the Lord’s. It was the Lord who would defeat the giant.

In I Samuel 30, David continued to demonstrate his reliance on the Lord when he reminded the men who battled the Amalekites that it was the Lord who had protected them, not their own ability or strength. When we believe that the battle is ours and fight in our own strength, we often feel defeated.

Though we may seemingly win the battle, we become weary or burned out.

When we allow the Lord to fight our battles, trusting in Him and stepping out in faith, He reveals to us that though we are weak, we are strong in Him.

Paul came to this same conclusion when he battled an unknown thorn in the flesh. Three times he pleaded with the Lord to take it away, and the Lord responded: My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. (II

Corinthians 12:9) Take a moment and pray for the faith to believe that God’s grace is sufficient for every battle you face.

Heavenly Father,

I have been in a battle facing my own “giants” of fear of insecurity, lost hope, and fear of failure. Help me to stand on the promise of Your Word that when I am weak, You are strong; when I feel inadequate to stand against the “giants,” You will fight for me. Thank you that all of the battles I face are fought in Your strength.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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