Running to Battle 4/30/20

“David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.” (I Samuel 17:48b)

I have been thinking about the “shelter at home” mentality. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not talking about the current virus or our response to it. I am talking about a mentality, a perspective, a way of thinking, that we sometimes, perhaps often, exhibit. How often do we avoid conflict, avoid taking a stand, avoid a responsibility, avoid a challenge, and simply “shelter at home”? When perhaps we should be out on the front lines of life, we may find ourselves preferring to just shelter at home until everything blows over.

Today’s verse is from the familiar account of David and Goliath. David a young shepherd boy, Goliath a giant and a fierce warrior. Who would you bet on? David was appalled that no soldier from Saul’s army would go out and fight Goliath who defied the armies of the living God. So, it fell to David to be the man.

David had confidence. His confidence was in the Lord and in his experience with the Lord. As a shepherd, he had to protect his sheep from predators. In his experience, the Lord had delivered him from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear. He was confident that the Lord would deliver him out of the hand of the Philistine.

David saw that Goliath came against him with a sword, a spear, and a shield. David came armed with the name of the Lord of hosts. He knew the armies would see that the Lord would not save him with a sword and spear, that the battle was the Lord’s, and that the Lord would give Goliath into his hand. So, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.

David didn’t shelter at home; he ran to the battle. But he didn’t run foolishly. He ran because God had prepared him and because he had a deep faith and trust in God. David knew God. He didn’t just know about Him, he knew Him. And because he knew Him, he could face the battle courageously, confident that the battle was the Lord’s, confident that the outcome would bring glory to God.

Let’s not shelter at home when there are spiritual battles to be fought. Know the Lord, trust in Him, rejoice in Him, and run toward the battle. Amen.

Pastor Mike

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