Somehow the account of “David and Goliath” popped into my head this week. The account is so epic and popular that in almost any sphere that you mention the word “David and Goliath”, individuals will understand the meaning.
It has become so mainstream. Perhaps, it is God’s word, so it has spread, or because of television and the countless shows which portrayed the account, who knows…! But another factor which can be considered is that we as humans like rooting and cheering for the underdog. In our souls, we believe that people should not be oppressed and taken advantage of by a higher or bigger entity. There is something about this that we as humans just don’t like to see or condone. In this regard, we spur on the downtrodden so that the giant will fall.
Just as we don’t like to see the poor or under privileged being trampled under, it is the same thing with the Heavenly Father as noted in scripture.
- Psalm 9:9 ESV – The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
- Proverbs 14:31 ESV – Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
- Psalm 34:18 ESV – The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
- Psalm 119:134 ESV – Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts
Clearly, God does not like people to be oppressed and ill-treated. This can not only be seen in the scriptures above, but it can be seen in the other David and Goliath stories which are found the Bible. The story of the three Hebrew boys and them defying the law of the nation and not bowing down, is a type of David and Goliath story. The story of Daniel in the Lion’s den with him defying the King, is a type of David and Goliath story. The story of Moses leading a small nation out of bondage and slavery of a greater nation, is a type of David and Goliath story. Not to list them all, but there are so many biblical encounters that when you peel back what is happening on the surface, they can be looked at as a David and Goliath story. This is because of who our God is, a fighter for His people, especially for those who are oppressed, afflicted and are in need. Here is what God’s word says.
- Psalm 103:6 ESV – The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed
- Psalm 10:17-18 ESV – Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more
Today, this blog is about encouragement, hope and setting a reminder. I would like the reader to know that the Lord of Battles is with you and for you. As the song goes, he has “Never Lost a Battle”. Think about your own self’s, wouldn’t you do anything to fight the enemies which come against your earthly children. You will go in tooth and nail against any goliath. This is also God’s approach when enemies come against us, he is there most present to help.
Let us reflect, and in reflecting, I don’t only want you to investigate God’s word only and see those victories. But I would like you to also reflect on your past and remember how God brought you out of insurmountable situations previously. Let these thoughts and victories help in propelling you forward today. Remember, God is fighting for you and God is on your side.
If for some reason you are feeling that you are losing a battle, then several things can be happening. One of which is, maybe you are fighting in your own strength, so I say to you, “Lay down your arms”. Maybe the reason you are losing is because you are fighting alone, with self, and battling using elements of the natural. Everything physical has a spiritual element to it, remember the things we see are created by the unseen (Hebrews 11:3). If you truly believe Hebrews 11:3 then you will know, “everything physical has a spiritual aspect to it”.
More often than not, we should not put our hands to things, but instead simply stand back and see God work on our behalf. Or another posture to take is, bow in prayer and see God work. In this regard, we take a page from Moses in Exdous.
Exodus 14:13-14, NIV – Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Yes, sometimes we just need to be brave and trust in God and stand still. Stop beating up yourself and stand still. Stop complaining and stand still. Stop worrying and stand still. Stand still and see the salvation of God!!! He is the one to bring the ultimate victory. Sometimes your enemy wins the battle, but for sure you and God will win the war. You and God working together are always an advantage.
I close with the following scripture:
Romans 12:19 ESV – Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller – “God is the Author, I am the Pen”
Authored Book – What is the Woman Saying – Lessons from Biblical Women.
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