“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.” – I Samuel 18:47
These words were spoken by faith, through the mouth of a young shepherd boy, who would one day become ruler of the nation of Israel. In the face of the giant, Goliath, and the Philistine army, David had the courage to stand secure in the strength of God. Not one of the Israelites had found the faith nor the courage to step forward to face the giant for the previous forty days. Because God was with him, David spoke boldly and stepped up courageously, trusting that God could do exceedingly more than the Israelites could have even begun to believe. As you know, with a sling and a stone and the Spirit of God, Goliath fell at the feet of he who followed the Father with faith.
Though our “giants” are often exceedingly greater than we could ever fathom facing in our own strength; in His strength, we are equipped and empowered to overcome anything that would come against us. The very same power that enabled Christ the courage to conquer the cross, has been imparted to us by His Spirit. Jesus’ death and resurrection determined that our demise has been dismissed if we choose to depend on Him. Our fight is not one of flesh and blood, but rather one of willful submission and in the allowing of His strength to steady us to stand. He is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever imagine, when we give our battles and burdens to the Beloved.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that it is by Your Spirit that we are delivered from our “demons” that seek to destroy us. Thank You that our every battle is Yours. Teach us to trust You to deliver us to the other side of safety, and to be completely dependent on You in the process. May the courage of Christ be our comfort, whenever we are in the center of chaos. For You are good, and Your love endures forever. May Your strength shine through us as beacons of hope for the hurting. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present