As a young teenage boy, David showed a deep understanding of God’s strength as he prepared to fight Goliath; “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37). The understanding that God was fighting the battle allowed David to confidently approach Goliath with nothing more than a sling and a few stones; “This day the Lord will hand you over to me” (1 Samuel 17:46).
After many years of being pursued by king Saul, David continued to demonstrate his belief that every victory he enjoyed came as a direct result of God’s hand.
The Amalekites had raided the village where David and his men were living. Under God’s promise of victory, David set off with six hundred men to battle the enemy and take back their stolen possessions; but two hundred of the men were too tired to join the fight. After the victorious battle, the four hundred who fought wanted to exclude the two hundred who stayed behind; “Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered” (1 Samuel 30:22). But David reminded them Who really won the battle.
1 Samuel 30:23
“No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and handed over to us the forces that came against us.”
David understood it would not have mattered whether four hundred or forty, or even four, had gone into battle – it would not have mattered whether the men were skilled or unskilled – the battle would have been won. The battle was won because of God’s promise and His provision, not because of the men’s ability.
As we see the battle approaching, we must draw even closer to our Heavenly Father. He has given us abilities which we must use, but then we must place all our trust in Him for the results. If the battle appears to be a failure, we must trust that God is in control and working toward His good and perfect plan. When God is in control, there are no failures as viewed through His eyes. And if the battle appears to be victorious, we must not allow our pride to take credit for the work God has done – for this always results in failure, regardless of our perception of victory.
God owns ALL and provides ALL. He owns our possessions, our relationships, and our ministries. He owns our abilities as well as our lack, our successes as well as our failures. As we come through our next battle (and we will!) – in fact, even in the midst of the battle – let’s return the ownership and give Him all the glory. Let’s never attempt to control or hold tight to what the Lord has provided.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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May 30 2 Samuel 15:23-16:23; John 18:25-19:22; Psalm 119:113-131; Proverbs 16:10-11