Daily Archives: April 6, 2009

1 Samuel 17-18


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.  (1 Samuel 17:47, NIV)


“Only a boy named David…” I sang as a child, and waved an imaginary slingshot over my head.  In Sunday school, I marveled that God would use someone not much older than I.  Young David knew what the entire army of Israel did not:  that God, not Goliath held the power.  That God, not their own strength, would save them.  Day after day, the Israelites hid and shook with fear at the sight of Goliath.  But David didn’t just see a giant man; he saw an almighty God.  David was confident because he knew what everyone else forgot:  “the battle is the Lord’s.”


I still remember the song, but how often do I remember the truth?  Do I believe that God has all power, or do I just pay lip service to the idea?  When it comes to my finances…my future…all my fears…do I remember that God saves me, and not my own strength?  How convinced am I that my battles are truly the Lord’s?


God, thank You that You tower over all the giants in my life.  Help me to remember Your power, and to see You, not just the obstacles.  Thank You that every battle is Yours.  Amen.



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