Monday, June 1, 2009

The Unlikely Sword

If you have young children then you are probably familiar with the story of David and Goliath. You remember, David was young and Goliath was a giant. Goliath taunted the army of Israel and all of the soldiers feared him. Finally David appeared on the scene totally confused as to why the children of God feared this one man, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine (Goliath) that he should defy the armies of the living God?" Then he informed the king that he would fight this giant, remembering God's faithfulness in previous trials, "The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (See 1 Samuel 17)

After the king reluctantly agreed an interesting thing happened. He tried to dress David in his own armor. This scene hit me afresh this morning with its imagery of our own weapons in this spiritual battle we face. The world in which we live teaches that our weapons for "victory" are knowledge, talents, rights, strength, beauty, and money. But God reveals a very different approach. As I have referred to in the past couple of posts, we are in the midst of a spiritual battle and our weapons are foreign to this world in which we spend our days. Just as David's choice of five stones instead of a sword bewildered the Israelite army, so our weapons do not outwardly impress a rebellious culture--until they see what God can do!

As children of the living God we are instructed to arm ourselves with Truth, prayer, and faith. The world will think we are doomed but God is able to bring a victory. Lay down the armor of man and put on the armor of God. It is in Him where we are more than conquerors.

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