when life is a battle
The biblical account of David and Goliath inspires the reader. We like it when the underdog comes out of the battle on top. It screams hope for the seasons in our own lives when the mountains looming before us threaten to bring us down.
What we stand to gain from a close inspection of the David vs. Goliath battle scene is not hope built on a chance victory. There is an expectant victory that every child of God can face the day with, just like David did.
Let’s back up a few paces and study the scene prior to David’s arrival. The Philistine and Israelite army battle lines have been drawn. Imagine the opposing warriors in position, staring down those who must be conquered. Goliath then steps forward and issues a new rule of engagement: Send your best to fight me. If he wins, we will be subject to you. If I win, you will be subject to us. Every morning and evening the Philistine giant taunted the Israelites with these words.
Goliath’s challenge terrorized King Saul and his army, and the battle cry escaped them. The Israelite army remained immobilized for forty days.
Child of God, do you recognize the crippling effect of fear in your life? Do you sense a call to move forward yet find no strength to engage the enemy’s threats?
David was not swayed by Goliath’s threats. David, a man after God’s own heart, demonstrates the battle strategy that leads us into victory. You see, while the Israelite army trembled in their sandals as they saw the giant and heard him mock their God every morning and evening, David had a different focus for the start and finish of each day.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).
Do you get that? Morning and evening. Which entices your focus both morning and evening? The lies of a boastful enemy or the truth of your living God?
Neglect your privilege to worship the one true God, and the enemy will stand before you, threaten you and mock your God, and you will cower. In fear you will be unable to defend what is rightfully yours.
David understood his position of favor as a child of God. The giant didn’t intimidate him. However, David rooted his confidence not in who he was or who Goliath was. David’s fearlessness enabling him to stand before the enemy was based entirely on who God is. His unshakeable faith in God came from the morning and evening times of knowing God. David worshiped God in spirit and truth and learned the character of God.
Clearly, if David pitted himself against the giant, he was outmatched. But Goliath vs. God Almighty? No match! David knew the outcome of battle before he even stepped onto the field.
Wherein lies your confidence? Do you find yourself weak and outmatched? Be honest with yourself- are you busy about your post mornings and evenings, or do you value the invitation to know the God of the universe? Do you, like David, meditate on His truth?
Prioritizing your relationship with the Father in heaven is the simplest way of living, but the hardest discipline to achieve. Yet our choice is not without consequence: we can face impossible odds with absolute confidence of victory, or we can believe the threatening giant has the right to demand his place in our lives.
The one who meditates on God’s truth has a promise to hold on to, a determined fearlessness regardless of the enemy’s terror tactics, because
he is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers (Psalm 1:3).