I don’t know about you but there are some days where everything feels like a battle: getting out of bed, keeping my cool when people or circumstances frustrate me, tackling that project that’s coming due or folding that darn load of laundry that has been sitting on my couch for days. And then there’s the intense battle that comes with trying to live a life of faith, cultivate virtue, and, ultimately, get to Heaven.
In the book of Samuel we hear the familiar story of David fighting the Philistine giant, Goliath. When Goliath rebukes David for thinking he could defeat him David replies with complete confidence in God:
“You come against me with sword and spear…but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts…it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves.
For the battle is the LORD’s and he shall deliver you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47)
David was able to walk out onto that battlefield because he knew that he was just an instrument in God’s hand. This was not his battle. It was God’s.God owns the battles. If we fight in His name, He is always before us leading the charge. Click To Tweet
There’s something relieving about that, isn’t there? God owns the battles, we don’t have to fight or win them on our own. If we fight in His name He is always before us, leading the charge. And another amazing thing about this is we don’t have to wonder if our team will finally be victorious, we already know how the war ends- Jesus Christ, true God and true man, stepped forward, taking the Cross in His hands as his weapon, and conquered death by dying and rising again. In Him we have already won, sisters! He will fight for us if we let Him.
Lord, you know I am quick to take on battles by myself and to accept defeat when things get hard. Help me remember that You are ready and willing to fight for me; that ultimately these aren’t my battles, they are Yours. I am Your daughter, sent out in Your name, to fight the good fight and return Home victorious. I will rest in this Truth. Amen.
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