And all this assembly will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves! For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will deliver you into our hand. — 1 Sam 17:47 NET
by C.H. Spurgeon
Let this point be settled, that the battle is the Lord’s, and we
may be quite sure of the victory, and of the victory in such a way as
will best of all display the power of God. The Lord is too much
forgotten by all men, yea, even by the assemblies of Israel; and when
there is an opportunity to make men see that the great First Cause can
achieve His purposes without the power of man, it is a priceless
occasion which should be well employed. Even Israel looks too much to
sword and spear. It is a grand thing to have no sword in the hand of
David, and yet for David to know that his God will overthrow a whole
army of aliens.
If we are indeed contending for truth and
righteousness, let us not tarry till we have talent, or wealth, or any
other form of visible power at our disposal; but with such stones as we
find in the brook, and with our own usual sling, let us run to meet the
enemy. If it were our own battle we might not be confident; but if we
are standing up for Jesus and warring in His strength alone, who can
withstand us? Without a trace of hesitancy let us face the Philistines;
for the Lord of hosts is with us, and who can be against us?
Wow. This is a powerful truth, and one that God has been teaching me recently. We can't wait until we have the right resources to advance against the enemy, in the various areas of our lives and ministries. For truly, if God is with us, He will cause even the stones of the brooks and sticks of the fields to win the day for us. Today I will follow in His train, fighting in and contending for faith, even though all that I hold are smooth stones, compared to the finest weapons that others wield.