Day 17

hen David said to the Philistine, “You are coming to me with a sword, a spear and a javelin, but I am coming to you in the Name of Adonai-Tzva’ot, God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. - 1 Samuel 17:45

Heart Thoughts

David and Goliath is a story about what happens when ordinary people confront giants in the power and Name of the Lord of Hosts. By “giants,” I mean powerful opponents of all kinds— from armies and mighty warriors to disability, misfortune, and oppression. There are so many persons— famous or unknown, ordinary or brilliant— who has faced down a gigantic challenger, faced down a Goliath. Like David, the have to ask the question, “Will I play by the rules of Goliath and Saul?” Or, “Will I be confident in faith and trust the wisdom of God? Shall I persevere or give up? Should I run to the battle or freeze and fall back back?”

Goliath is heavy infantry. He thinks that he is going to be engaged in a duel with another heavy-infantryman. He assumes David is going to fight Goliath hand to hand. David will not engage the enemy on his terms. David has wisdom from the Lord of Hosts. That wisdom was simple, “Engage Goliath as a light infantry not heavy infantry.” That wisdom made all the difference and changed the game, changed the outcome of the battle. David knew his plan was not hatched out of human knowledge but it was the wisdom of the Lord of Hosts.

Over the years, I have watched as faithful believers have tried to engage the battle the way the world engages in battle. They want to be prosperous so they work harder, longer hours, spend more time away from the family but they do not prosper. Ten times out of ten, it is because they are refusing to wage war according to the Lord of Hosts will and ways. I met a family recently that said they make over a $140,000.00 dollars a year, have no car payments, no debt, and only pay $900.00 a month on their home but yet they said, “We don’t have any money at the end of the month.” When I asked if they had been tithing, they said, “no, and we feel bad about that.” You see this family is trying to get ahead by the worlds ways but ignoring God’s way to prosper (Mal 3).

It is not just finances but in all areas of our life. We have been given a better game plan and a better set of weapons (Eph 6). We have been given spiritual armor, we have been given the gift of faith, we have the Holy Spirit inside of us. I know many believers right now that could be walking in victory, if only, they would stop fighting the way the world fights and confront their giants with the weapons of our faith.

Bracha

May the Lord of Hosts empower you with wisdom and power. May He open your eyes today to see the weapons of warfare that you are clothed in. May He give you confidence to see that the battle belongs to the Lord of Hosts. May He give you divine strategy and instinct to not fight according the ways of the world but according the ways of the Lord of Hosts.

For the Feed

David and Goliath is a story about what happens when ordinary people confront giants in the power and Name of the Lord of Hosts. By “giants,” I mean powerful opponents of all kinds— from armies and mighty warriors to disability, misfortune, and oppression. There are so many persons— famous or unknown, ordinary or brilliant— who has faced down a gigantic challenger. Like David, the have to ask the question, “Will I play by the rules of Goliath and Saul?” Or, “Or be confident in faith and trust the wisdom of God? Shall I persevere or give up? Should I run to the battle or freeze and fall back back?”