[David said,] “The Lord doesn’t rescue people by using a sword or a spear. And everyone here will know it. The battle belongs to the Lord. He will hand all of you over to us.”
1 Samuel 17:47 (NIRV)
The Battle Belongs to the Lord
During the summer of 1609, Samuel de Champlain attempted to form better relations with the local native tribes. He made alliances with the Wendat (called Huron by the French) and with the Algonquin, the Montagnais and the Etchemin, who lived in the area of the St. Lawrence River. These tribes demanded that Champlain help them in their war against the Iroquois, who lived further south. On July 29 Champlain and his party encountered a group of Iroquois. A battle began the next day.
Everybody loves the story of David and Goliath. We have this intrinsic love for the underdog and cheer when the little guy fearlessly takes on the giant and wins. David and Goliath has been a well used story in so many ways over the years. But the heart of the story is not simply the little guy beating the big guy. It’s how the victory came about. David speaks it very clearly in 1 Samuel 17:47: “The Lord doesn’t rescue people by using a sword or a spear. And everyone here will know it. The battle belongs to the Lord. He will hand all of you over to us.” The bottom line in the walk of faith is that the battle belongs to the Lord. And He doesn’t use a sword or a spear to win His battles. His weapons are not of this world. Instead, He steps into our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit, putting His armour of spiritual protection around our hearts and minds and keeping us from the enemy of our souls. Whatever battle you are facing right now, the Lord is in control. It may look overwhelming, but just wait until the Lord steps in.
These have been words from the heart.