Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lessons from the battlefield #1: Warrior Positions

2 Samuel 11:1

King David was one of the most amazing men who ever lived.  He was handsome and strong.  Although he was a fierce warrior, he wrote some of the most beautiful poetry ever written.  He also made one big mess of his life when he sinned with Bathsheba.  

How could someone described as a man after God’s own heart wind up in such a dreadful series of events?  The answer lies in the last five words of verse 1. 

“But David stayed at Jerusalem.”

When he should have been taking care of business, he was taking it easy, and he became an easy prey for temptation.  It might have seemed as if he was making a prudent choice by sending others to fight.  After all, he was Israel’s beloved king and had to be protected at all costs.  He found, however, that the safest place for a warrior is not relaxing on the rooftop.  The safest place for a warrior is in the midst of the battle – the midst of God’s battle.  

Are you weary?  Do you feel as if you’d rather “relax on the rooftop” than wade into the heat of spiritual warfare?  Don’t give up and don’t despair.  The safest place you can be is right where God has called you to be. There is no doubt that most of us will experience battles and difficulties in our Christian walk.  There will undoubtedly be times when we feel like turning aside from the struggle.  When discouragement threatens, remember we are not fighting alone.  As David faced Goliath, he spoke the truth that sustained him in all his battles.  “The battle is the Lord’s.” (1 Samuel 17:47) 

Our job is to engage in armed battle with the only weapon we need – the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, but remember, this battle we are fighting belongs to Him. Our Lord is able to handle every difficulty we face, including every tremendous struggle we encounter, so take heart.  Regardless of how fierce the fighting, the battle belongs to the Lord, and He is able to deliver.