1 Samuel 17,18; Luke 20:27-47

As a shepherd boy, David had repeated experiences of battling foes to save his flock. Each encounter provided skill and courage to face the next one. When an entire army of Israelites shrank back from a taunting giant, David was confident in his abilities to stand up against an enemy. He also knew Who stood with him.

A few weeks ago, I took my girls to get their ears pierced. My youngest went first, and as the first earring went in, she howled and wailed in pain. There were a lot of candy promises to get the job finished. My oldest, in contrast, sat calmly in the chair and didn’t flinch when the piercing gun fired. No change of expression. Not a single utterance. She has had many unpleasant (at times horrifying) medical experiences in her young life. As a mom, her lack of sound or expression saddened me that she would be so toughened, so young. At the same time, I felt a reverential fear of the Lord how He has prepared her for the race marked out for her. And I wonder of the battles she will face. I hope she is always aware of Who stands with her.

And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!–1 Samuel 17:47 NLT

In introspection, life events have made my heart tender. The battles I’ve faced I know prepare me for harder tasks ahead. And when an enemy wounds, I know (and I forget, and then I know again) that the battle is the Lord’s. I heard a speaker recently remark of forgiveness: the one who takes away can never fully restore–only the Lord can.

Father God, I can’t discern between unforgiveness and hurt. Can one forgive and still feel pain? Do remembrance and pain imply unforgiveness? Lord, I pray that I can hand over victory to you and stop trying to solve the unsolvable myself. You work toward the good of all who believe in you. When an offender can never erase memory or loss, you restore. Help me to turn my battles over to you, to move on in peace, to trust in you. You prepare us all for bigger battles. And you stand with us. Thank you!

Courtney (66books365)

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4 responses to “1 Samuel 17,18; Luke 20:27-47

  1. Do you think these future battles will be won if we have not conquered the enemies we are fighting today? And are these deep wounds such that we are a hindrance to spiritual war? I sometimes find myself incapable of offering another helping hand to those who walk away or another argument in defense of the love, the healing, and the freedom in Christ. Such is a heart of pain and yes, probably unforgiving. Better to know where I am before I jump into the midst of yet another fray. As the song goes, “even soldiers need a quiet place to rest.”

  2. Very good questions, Janet. Many times, I feel like I have not won the battle, and I walk away wounded. Perhaps the Lord doesn’t view victory the same way I do. Maybe victory is sometimes just showing up. For myself, deep wounds have drawn me closer to my savior, and I wonder if that’s when power is made perfect. Doesn’t always feel like it, short-sighted and coward that I can be–not feeling powerful. But he says his power is made perfect. I’m living in retreat now after several years of battle. I can’t say where I am in consideration to the fray because I don’t know the big picture. I have had to walk off and put my hands in my pockets at others’ plain request for severance, hurt still fresh, questioning roots of pain, reminded today that this battle is the Lord’s.

    Do I think future battles will be won if we haven’t conquered our enemies today? Hmm. Yes. I do.

  3. Yesterday after the sermon I thought, “This person that it took me seven years to forgive, probably doesn’t even remember me, much less what he did. It is definitely time to cut him lose from my thoughts.” Oddly I still pray that he will find forgiveness and restoration in Jesus Christ, which of course means we may have adjoining condos in heaven. That’s actually pretty funny to think about.
    Old scars are just visible reminders of healed wounds.

  4. juliet2912

    ‘Forgive and forget’ is something only God can do. I don’t believe that forgiveness has anything to do with forgetting. It has to do with obedience, freedom, and the ability to bear our ‘scars’ with grace and beauty. Christ calls us to ‘forgive those who trespass against us’ so that we can also be forgiven when we have trespassed against someone. Holding on to past wounds by not being willing to forgive means that wound will never be allowed to fully heal and give us our battle scar (I was hurt, but I survived). By holding onto unforgiveness we are picking the scab over and over again and not letting our Doctor heal us. Jesus told Peter to forgive 70×7. I think that is probably because even if we think we have forgiven someone, our difficulty in forgetting, makes it so we need to forgive over and over and over to get through all of the layers of bitterness, hurt, disappointment…

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