In the last two messages we’ve considered the protection available for our daily battles as we dress in the full armor of God. We also saw how getting properly dressed is actually a moment by moment process of coming into the presence of God and placing our life in His hands. It’s worth noting that God never directs us to get un-dressed. We are to put on His armor and keep it on at all times. When the enemy attacks, His armor will protect; but we may also be called to fight with all the strength and ability God provides.
During the time of King David, a battle was about to occur between Israel and two neighboring kingdoms: “The Ammonites came out and drew up in battle formation at the entrance to their city gate, while the Arameans were by themselves in the open country” (2 Samuel 10:8). Joab, the commander of David’s military, saw enemy troops in front and behind him so he divided his army – one group remained with him and the other group went with his brother.
2 Samuel 10:11-12
“Joab said, ‘If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to rescue you. Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in His sight.'”
Joab knew God was in complete control, but he never allowed his faith to be a reason for becoming complacent in preparation or passive in battle. Joab used all his intellect and past experience – all the tools God had provided – to devise a plan. He then encouraged those with him to fight bravely with all their ability. Joab knew he was accountable to use everything God had given, but he also knew the real battle belonged to God.
Notice Joab never said God would guarantee a victory in this particular battle. Trusting God with all our heart means knowing with certainty the final result will be good in the eyes of God – regardless of whether the immediate battle is won or lost.
Many times our Christian walk turns into a battle zone. We may face spiritual battles of doubt, fear, and anxiety. We may also face painful physical and emotional battles. And yet, God remains in control. He has gifted us all in many ways; and as He leads, we must not hesitate to bravely and fully use those gifts. We must “fight” with all the perseverance we can manage, but we must also completely surrender the outcome to God.
True victory comes as we look past the success or failure as seen with our own eyes and trust God for the working of the good in all our battles. Let’s stand against the enemy and trust God will do “what is good in His sight.” As we enter the battle today, let’s fight bravely and trust God.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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Dec 18 Habakkuk 1:1-3:19; Revelation 9:1-21; Psalm 137:1-9; Proverbs 30:10