The battle is not ours; it belongs to the Lord!
We all love a good underdog story where someone who looks like they have no chance of succeeding rises to victory despite all the odds against them. Perhaps the most popular underdog story of all time is found in the Biblical battle between David and Goliath. It recounts how David—a young shepherd boy—courageously challenged a 10-foot tall Philistine warrior named Goliath to a battle. Many of us know how the story ends—with God’s help, David defeated Goliath with a blow to the head with a single stone.
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 have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 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.” I Samuel 17:45-47
There is so much we can learn from the story of David and Goliath, particularly how David’s unshakable faith in God ultimately won him the victory. It’s telling to note that when David volunteered to fight Goliath, nobody believed in him or encouraged him but instead told David that he was too young, too small and too inexperienced to fight a champion like Goliath the giant. This is often Satan’s attack strategy—he uses the people in our lives to make us feel fearful, worthless or simply incapable of facing challenging situations in our lives. Satan knows that if he can put doubt or insecurity in our minds, we can easily forget that we are children of the Most High God and that He is our strength and that’s when we lose sight of what God has called us to do.
David’s strategy in the midst of discouragement was to remember the victories that God had given him in the past and use His faithfulness as his source of strength and courage. David knew that all things are possible for God and the battle against Goliath was not his to fight, but it belonged to the Lord. When Goliath sneered at David and mocked the God of Israel, David didn’t just meander up to Goliath but he ran to him without hesitation and boldly declared the victory in the name of the Lord Almighty.
Do you have a giant that you’re facing in your life right now? Are you like David and confidently declaring God’s power over your battle? You see, God doesn’t often use someone with their own ability to do His great works, but He looks for someone with a heart like David’s who seeks after Him and makes themselves available to do His will. Sometimes we may feel small and worthless like an underdog but with God on our side, we have already won the victory! We are His children, who He loves and cares for and He will work through us if we simply let Him. He that is in you is greater than He who is in the world so if our God is for us, who could stand against us? When we step out in faith believing in God to come through for us, He shows up in a big way and gives our enemies into our hands.
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