Not a Conventional Fight – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Monday, April 12, 2021
TOPIC: NOT A CONVENTIONAL FIGHT
Read: 1 Samuel 17:38-51
38 So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail.
39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them. ” So David took them off.
40 Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.
41 So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him.
42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking.
43 So the Philistine said to David, “ Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6).
Mankind has since creation been beset, and in most cases, with problems. The first Adam was challenged by God’s arch-enemy, Satan… although in veiled form. The first righteous man, Abel was seemingly pitched against a vindictive blood brother, Cain, who was equally profane and a murderer. The Israelites were made to face a race of hybrid, ruthless humans, the philistine of the giant stock of the Anakims. This seems to be the other calling of all the saints of God as confirmed by Apostle Peter and Paul among others (1 Pet.5:8,9; 2 Cor.10:1-6; Eph.6:10ff).
David, son of Jesse, was confronted with a much bigger problem that even defied his nation and generation. Yet, he was inspired to dare and willingly address it unconventionally! Despite being presented and clothed with the proper, proven and acceptable armour of conventional engagement. This battle was eventually won by God’s grace through him.
We are the end-time Christians. Certain solutions to our fallen world’s myriad of woes will defy normal solutions. We are to address them as God would INSPIRE and LEAD us. This is Christianity. This is the fulfilment of Romans 8:18-25ff. Today’s memory verse confirms this as well. Just as a song says: we are able to go up and take that country; to possess it from the Jordan to the Sea, though the giant may be on our way to hinder, God will surely give us victory… etc.
Surely, it is not a conventional fight we are engaged in, but a spiritual battle: God-initiated, God-inspired, God-led, God-dirceted, and whose victory is God’s (2 Cor.10:4; Eph.6:12). May you be victorious as you go out today and always. Amen.
- Thank You, our Jehovah Sabbath, the Man of war Who loses no battle because You are always on our sides.
- In Your mighty name, Lord Jesus, we confront our lives and Christian battles, and win them all to Your glory.
- Lord God of David, give us a generation of Christians after Your own heart that will confront satanic giants, and overcome them in accordance with Your Holy Word, in Jesus name.
EXTRA READINGS FOR TODAY:
Joshua 23:4-24:33; Judges 1:1-1:18; Luke 10:4-10:25.
Author: CAC Worldwide