Monday, December 14, 2009

It is the Purpose of the Lord That Will Stand

There are times in the bible when scripture says,
"for the battle is not yours but God’s" (2 Chronicles 20:15, 1 Samuel 14:47).
I believe this to be true, still, today. Does the Lord reach down his hand and physically move people? No, however I feel he does orchestrate and pilot things according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). There are many examples of this in God's word and I have witnessed amazing things in my own life…a beautiful, yet costly international adoption for which the Lord provided on all levels, a fundraiser for a precious little girl, with a mysterious illness, which raised far more than anyone ever imagined, and the list goes on and on.

1 Samuel 17 tells about the well know incident between a humble shepherd boy (David) who stood before a prideful Philistine champion (Goliath)
"whose height was six cubits and a span. 5He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron." (1 Samuel 17:4-7. ESV.)

"Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years. 13The three oldest sons of Jesse had followed Saul to the battle. And the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. The three eldest followed Saul, 15but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. 16For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening." (1 Samuel 17:12-16. ESV.)

So David's brothers went to battle "but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem". However God's will was to shift David from his father's house to the battlefield. 1 Samuel 17:17-18 says,
"And Jesse said to David his son, 'Take for your brothers an ephah of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers. 18 Also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See if your brothers are well, and bring some token from them.'"
So it was that David went to the front line for his God ordained meeting with Goliath.

My absolute favorite part is when David is standing there, face to face with Goliath, and he says,
"You come to me with a sword and 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. 46This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand." (1 Samuel 17:45-47. ESV.)

When I am faced with battles far bigger than myself and I dwarf in comparison to what lies before me I am reminded,
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)
"The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." (Proverbs 16:9. ESV.)
Not to mention, no matter what,
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand." (Proverbs 19:21. ESV.)

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