Grace For The Journey
When David was about to face the very formidable foe Goliath, He made this God-exalting, God-honoring statement, “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)
This verse is toward the end of 1 Samuel 17 which recounts the story of David and Goliath. The giant Goliath was far bigger, much stronger, and vastly more experienced and skilled in battle than was David.
Goliath had every conceivable advantage . . .
And that one advantage that David had was the most important one of all:
The Lord God Omnipotent!
The giant went into the battle in his own strength; David went into the battle in the strength of his God. History tells us who prevailed.
David uttered “The Believer’s Battle Cry” on that day, and it is to be our rallying cry every day of our lives: “The battle is the Lord’s.” And if the battle is the Lord’s, our victory is already assured. As the apostle Paul would write more than a thousand years later, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
To the watching world, the giant Goliath was “a lock,” a sure winner. Even Israel’s King Saul was greatly afraid of this giant of a man, who harshly blasphemed God and challenged the Israelites for forty straight days. But David, who had never set foot on a battlefield before, knew that the battle was the Lord’s; it didn’t matter how big, how strong, or how experienced Goliath was, because God was infinitely bigger, stronger, and more able than the giant!
So . . . what giants are you facing today? What in your life has come up against you that is causing you to shrink back from all that God is calling you to be? The armies of Israel trembled and forgot the power of God when they were confronted by the Philistine giant; you and I are likely to forget God also. The Israelites looked fearfully at the sword and the spear in Goliath’s hand, rather than looking to the God of their salvation. We often do the same thing. If we keep our focus on the size of the giants we are currently facing, the size of our God will shrink. But if we keep our focus on God, as David did, every giant that comes up against us will shrink before our eyes and God will give us glorious victory!
David penned Psalm 108, which concludes with these words:
Give us help from trouble,
for the help of man is worthless.
Through God we will do valiantly,
For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” (Psalm 108:12-13)
Regardless of the challenges you are facing today in your professional or personal life, the battle is the Lord’s, and He has promised never to leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). You can advance confidently toward every giant that comes up against you, because the battle is the Lord’s and He has promised to strengthen you and help you and uphold you (Isaiah 41:10). God did not bring you this far to leave you in defeat. He will carry you past this challenge and all the way into glory. Elsewhere in the Psalms, we read . . .
“Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God,
For I shall yet praise Him
For the Help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42:5)
On the surface – and especially to the watching world around you – it might look like you do not possess the strength to overcome the giants that confront you. And if you were operating merely in your own strength, the world would be right! But you know the truth, just as David knew the truth:
Greater is the power that is in you than any power that comes against you!
This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey
… Rest And Rejoice In The Wonderful Truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”