“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel whom you defi ed”’ 1 Samuel 17:45 (NIV) It’s no secret that the Christian life is a battle. Many of the Bible writers used military analogy to describe the Christian life. The Apostle Paul told Timothy to be “like a soldier of Jesus Christ” (1Timothy 2:3). He also painted the battle-like picture in (Ephesians 6:10-18) where he indicated that “our struggles are not against fl esh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.” In the Old Testament however, most of their battles were fought physically. However, even though those battles were fought physically, their victory stories tell us that they won all those battles not with their physical strength, but with their total dependence on God. When David was confronted with Goliath, he did not rely on his battle skills but on God who is able to fi ght our battles. “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I will strike you down and cut off your head.” (v 46) What life battles are you going through? Stop relying on your own strength. The captain of Israel’s host and guide is with us. With him leading, we are more than conquerors in Jesus’ name. Depend daily on him for victory. Meditation and Prayer: May I not rely on my own strength, oh Lord!
Further Reading: Exodus 14:14; Nehemiah 2:20;
1 Timothy 6:12.
Key Lesson: We are more than conquerors who trust in him.