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Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Bro_D
Daily Bread February 28, 2018
1 Samuel 17:45-47 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 defied. (46) This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, (47) and that all this assembly 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."
What weapons do you use when you are in the battles of life? What does victory look like in our minds? Why are we fighting the fight? In most cases I would bet the weapons are of man, the victory is defined by us and we fight because we want the glory. That was Israel’s problem this day … against this giant and his army. Sadly, the armies of Israel trembled .. because they knew their weapons were inferior, the couldn’t see a plan that led to their victory.
But David, he saw what the LORD would do. David had a LIVING HOPE in the LIVING GOD of all creation! Man…. Why can’t I be more like David – just take God at His Word …. Trust Him in all things for all things. Jesus looked at men like Peter and said he had “little faith” – I am almost certain Jesus would look at this kid David and say … “now that’s some faith!” (By the way, as I am typing this blog thing, I am having a text conversation with a dear sister in Christ who is facing a crisis of faith – she shot me a pic of a prayer she had written in her bible – she prays “help me trust You and rely on the living hope I have in you – from 1 Peter 1:3 ---- not a coincidence that the LORD is speaking to His Body about the victory He brings to the battles His children face!)
David knew the power in the Name of the LORD God. When the guards came to arrest Jesus in the garden, He asked them who they sought, when Jesus said I AM He --- the entire regiment was blown over to the ground. There is power in His Name!
David knew the LORD is always victorious over His enemy. Goliath and the Philistine armies had defied the LORD God – No enemy will stand when he faces the LORD of hosts. We are told in both the Old & New Testaments that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess – Is. 45, Rom. 14, Phil. 2 & Rev. 22. And David knew the victory was all for the glory of God, so that all the earth may see and know that the God of Israel is the only God.
David knew the battle was not his to fight. David also knew that he was the weapon in the hand of the mighty God, and all David was to do was be obedient to what His LORD said. Oh church … the battles may rage – but our God saves. The battle may be gruesome, but our God is victor. The battle may be long – but our God is faithful. When our LORD returns, will he find anyone faithful? Lk. 18:8