David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 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.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV)
I know that I have gone through plenty of those in life. I know that I will face many more as I go through life. You have gone through plenty of what? You will face more of what as you go through life? I have and will face giant problems and insurmountable battles in life. Why is that true? There is pain and suffering in this life. There is evil and darkness in this world. I can’t avoid it. I can’t run from it. I can’t escape it. It is all around me. This world is no longer as you designed it. This is a sin broken world. Yes, it is.
Is all lost? Is there no hope? Can there be no victory over giant problems and insurmountable battles? Can nothing be gained? Is there no victory to be had in this life? All is not lost. There is hope. There can be victory over giant problems and insurmountable battles. There is much that can be gained. How so? Well, I will tell you one thing that is absolutely certain. What’s that? Victory over giant problems and insurmountable battles will never come by own hand, with my own strength. If I were to fight alone, under my own power, there would be no hope and certainly no victory. I would go down to defeat, every time, without fail. How do you know that for certain? I have tried and failed, more numerous times than I can count, fighting with my own power and strength. I want no more of that kind of discouragement and defeat. I’m sure not.
What will you do differently? How will you gain victories over giant problems and insurmountable battles? I won’t, not really. I know that I can rely on you. You will fight with me. You will fight for me. You will help me to overcome giant problems. You will help me to win victories over insurmountable battles. You will strengthen me. You will empower me. You will encourage me. You will keep me moving forward with you. Yes, I will do all these things in and for you as you come to rely on me. That is exactly what I will do. That will be very good. And to you will belong all the glory and honor and praise which I will wholeheartedly and joyously give to you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I know that life in this world will often bring giant problems and insurmountable battles to me. I will not make the mistake of fighting with my strength alone. I will rely on you to fight with and for me against giant problems and insurmountable battles. Amen
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