How do you fight a battle?

Victory comes from God and not man.

“Then David said to the Philistines, ‘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 defiied.’ ” 1 Sam. 17:45 English Standard Version.

Israel was again at war, but against the Philistines. For a period of forty days, Goliath the champion of the Philistines made fun of the army of Israel saying, “Today I stand and make fun of the army of Israel . I dare you to send me one of your men and let us fight.” (Verse 10 Easy – Read Version). This brought fear to the camp of Israel as there was none amongst the army of Israel who could withstand Goliath the giant at 9 feet.

But one day a little boy called David the son of Jesse who was on the father’s errand encountered the scorning of Goliath and made enquiry. But what moved this little David was not so much in the reward promised to anyone who could kill Goliath. He was moved by the fact that Goliath, a man who had no place in God’s covenant made mockery of God and the army of Israel (Verse 26).

All attempt to stop him from standing against the undisputed giant failed. On the set day of the battle, rather than being dressed in full battle regalia, he picked five stones for his locally made catapult. This obviously is not the kind of weapon anyone should take to war at any time. But he was fully persuaded about victory: “…Goliath will die because he made fun of the living God.” (Verse 36b).

And the stage for the great battle was set; Goliath in his full military regalia and standing at 9 feet went against a small and inexperienced shepherd boy holding just five stones and his catapult. Who would you expect to win the battle? The answer is obvious. But not so, Goliath went out against Israel in physical strength, but this was not the case with David: “Today the LORD will let me defeat you… All the people gathered here will know that the LORD doesn’t need swords or spares to save people. The battle belongs to the LORD, and he will help us defeat all of you.” (Verse 46-47). And so with his crude war tools Goliath was defeated and Israel was again delivered.

No one can overcome life challenges in his strength. David knew that by his strength he could not prevail. So he trusted the LORD recognising that life challenges could only be overcome in the LORD.

Like David, we must learn to hand our battles over to the LORD. Your experience, wealth and the people whom you think can help you do not matter. God alone matters as He will never forsake you or leave you. Your strength, experience, wealth, friends, etc may fail you in times of need, but know that God never will.

If you have been fighting that battle thinking you can prevail, it’s high time you handed it over to the LORD because the battle is His; He’ll fight for you.

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