THOUGHT OF THE DAY.
We all have wars to fight. We cannot run away from battles. They are a part of life but how are we to deal with them?
How do we become victorious? We find the answer in the book of Samuel.
David strengthened himself with trust in his God. He ordered Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, Bring me
the Ephod so I can consult God. Abiathar brought it to David.
Then David prayed to God, Shall I go after these raiders? Can I catch them?
The answer came, go after them! Yes, you’ll catch them! Yes, you’ll make the rescue!
1 Samuel 30: 6-8
When the Philistines got word that David had been made king over all Israel, they came on the hunt for him.
David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. When the Philistines arrived, they deployed their forces in Rephaim Valley.
Then David prayed to God: “Shall I go up and fight the Philistines? Will you help me beat them?
Go up, “God replied. Count on me. I’ll help you beat them.”
2 Samuel 5:17-20
Later there was a repeat performance. The Philistines came up again and deployed their troops in the Rephaim
Valley. David again prayed to God.
This time God said, don’t attack them head-on. Instead, circle around behind them and ambush them from the grove
of sacred trees. When you hear the sound of shuffling in the trees, get ready to move out. It’s a signal that God is going
ahead of you to smash the Philistine camp.
2 Samuel 5:22– 24
Time and time again we see this pattern throughout scripture. Whoever it was, they always sought The Lord first.
As we face the battles that come our way we need to realize we can come to God. He is our Defender and He will fight for us.
The mistake we make is we think we can do it on our own. But it’s not true!!!! We are not strong enough, and smart enough. We need
Gods help. He is the One who will deliver us. I have tried at times fight on my own only to fail. David as great as he was,
and as great as an army he commanded always sought The Lord first. He didn’t rely on his own strength and on the strength of his mighty men.
Who are you relying on when you go to war?
Is it the weapons you possess or the connections you have or the family you come from or the riches you possess?
The experience you have, the intellect you possess????
That means nothing if you don’t seek The Lord. You will fail if you go out alone!!!
Rely on The Lord when you go to war! Rely on God when you face the giants in your life!
Great post Rolain. I guess a question I have been asking a lot lately is why God is allowing me to go through so many battles and hardships. That’s tough to think about. What are your thoughts?
Why God lets us go through hard times??
When I think about it I always remind myself, that everything God does is because He is good and He loves us. The battles and the hardships are for an end. As long as we on earth there will always be battles, there will always be war but God has a plan in the midst of all that. He wants you to trust Him. It’s through hardships and pain that you learn to seek Him more. In those confusing times He wants to show His faithfulness to you.
I hope that makes sense and helps you a bit??
That’s one of my favorite stories from David, him encouraging himself in the Lord when his world was turning upside down. I have to constantly remind myself to do the same when I find myself in the middle of a battle or a storm. It’s only with Christ’s strength alone that we can get through the trials in our life!
Thanks Anna. That scripture is so encouraging….It really gives me hope that I can run to God. The challenge is to always remember to run to God in hard times!!