The Lord Almighty

13 11 2009

1 Samuel 17:45 – 47

45 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. 46 This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 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.”

Today as I was reading through 1 Samuel 17 and I came across this very familiar story of David and Goliath and for the first time, in a long time, I was challenged by this account of David.  This passage got me to stop and ask this question, “Am I this bold with the ‘enemies’ that challenge me to a fight everyday?”  As I read the passage over and over again I came to realize that this story is very relevant to my life and my daily struggles and I know that it is for you too.  We all have “enemies” that come out and taunt us everyday, challenging us to a battle, but I think that most of us try to conquer these “giants” in our own strength.  Unfortunately, we all know, from experience, that doing battle in our own strength gets us nowhere.  We can try to fight it with our self-help books, seminars, classes and sometimes with our physical strength but often times we just end up getting into a battle that will surely overcome us.  Think of it like this, what if David would have tried to beat Goliath with his own two hands and his own strength?  Would he have won?  There is always a chance that he could have beaten Goliath in a battle of pure physical strength but we see David do something that most of us forget to do.  David goes into battle not with spear and sword but in the name of the Lord Almighty and he stands with confidence, God confidence, in the face of his overwhelming enemy.  David doesn’t say, “today God might help me win this battle,” but he stands in confidence that that battle is already over because God is with him.  Think about how this could radically change the way we battle our enemies that seem so big, strong, intimidating and overwhelming.  Think about the victory that we can have if we stop fighting in our own strength but instead stand before our enemies and have confidence that God is going to do the impossible through us to bring down those enemies.  How would you like to stand before your addictions, insecurities and hurts and proclaim that today is the day that the Lord Almighty is going to give them over to you so that you will stand in victory over them?  How would you like to stand and proclaim that today is the day that you will decapitate the giants that stand and mock you everyday?  How would you like to be victorious over the enemies that have made you fearful to live your life?  I personally am so invigorated by this passage and by this promise of impossible victory.  I often times feel like I am coming to the fight with only a few stones, a sling and a fistful of confidence but this passage reminds me that when God is on my side, and I proclaim His strength, that nothing can bring me down.  The last reminder in all of this is that we are still a part of the “victory equation.”  David still rushes into battle and God uses him to bring down Goliath but I believe that this battle would have had a different outcome had David just rushed into the battle without proclaiming God as his strength.

Well, I don’t know about you but I am challenged by this passage.  I am challenged to confront my enemies in the name of the Lord Almighty and to expect victory over those giants because God is on my side.  I am challenged to proclaim God’s strength as my ultimate weapon before I rush into my daily battles.  Today is the day that you and I can take a stand over the enemies in our lives.  Today is the day that we can truly expect impossible victories.  Today is the day that we rely solely on God, the Lord Almighty, to deliver us from our addictions,insecurities and hurts.  Today is the day that the world sees the power of Christ, the Lord Almighty, in our lives as our strength and our deliverer.

Have a blessed day…..

JB