David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and…and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear.” – 1 Samuel 17:45-47a
The Israeli and Philistine armies faced off against each other in battle for weeks on end. The Philistines would send out their champion warrior, Goliath, to taunt the armies of Israel, who would run and hide in terror of this behemoth of a man. That was until one day when David came to the battlefield to bring food to his brothers and heard this giant taunt God and Israel. David faced this man in combat and defeated him by the hand of God not with weapons, although God used David and his sling to defeat this enemy.
Paul the apostle taught us that our struggle and warfare is not with people but with the demonic realm. He also taught us that our weapons are not tangible articles of war but supernatural good for the pulling down of strongholds. Those weapons are the basic fundamentals we are all supposed to practice in the faith: prayer, study of the Word, and fasting. David knew what it was to trust in God and rely upon him for the victory. This lad knew that he could never have defeated the giant on his own, so he believed God would deliver him into his hand that day. God did just that, as we read in the annals of the Bible. Are you and I willing to trust in the power of God to deliver us from the enemy, Satan and his demons? Or, are we going to foolishly run either into battle with no protection from God and be decimated or turn and run in retreat and defeat? We must learn the lesson David did and fully rely upon God to fight the battle for us. Sometimes we have to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, as did Moses and others, but there will be times, too, when God uses us to do the fighting. It will most often be on our knees in intercessory prayer rather than taking up arms. Remember, Jesus said that those who live by use of weapons die by the same.
Father, the enemy comes against your people continually with a relentless pursuit of them like a lion hunting its quarry. Satan comes in to kill, steal, and destroy anything and everything that you’ve done in the lives of your people and those that would be your children. Give me strength and resolve to be an early riser and assume the position of one kneeling by my bedside in prayer not just for myself but for others, whom you place on my heart. When the times get rough or seem insurmountable, help me to know at all times that you’re there fighting for me and won’t abandon me in the heat of the fight. In fact, Holy Spirit, please stir up within me the drive I once had in the military to launch an all out attack against the forces of darkness to see their imminent and total defeat. I know that Jesus has already done the work for victory of the war, but I want to serve in every skirmish along the way that will weaken the enemy that much more in order to bring glory to the name of my God and his kingdom! May your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.