February 1

Written by Bill Grandi on February 1st, 2022

If you hang around churches or church people very long you will hear what is called “Christianese.” That is language or words which are used without much thought given to another’s understanding, especially someone who is not a Christ-follower. Examples might be slogans like WWJD. Or words like redemption, justification, or propitiation. Say what? Or statements like “Praise the Lord.” You can probably think of others.

Here’s one which is actually true. And while it is true, it has lost its luster and its punch. Probably because there are so few who really practice it. Ready? “The battle belongs to the Lord.”

Now, there’s nothing wrong with that phrase. It’s most definitely true. Powerfully true. Backed up with one of the most dramatic scenes in the Bible, but it is still one that is missing in many Christ-follower’s lives.

The scene is David and Goliath. The Israelite army is taunted by Goliath for 40 days and for 40 days they cowered in fear. Along comes David-not intending to battle Goliath-but to bring food to his brothers. This insulting heathen got under David’s skin so bad David could not sit or stand by and let it continue. And while the rest of the army, including King Saul, forgot who they were, David did not. He also knew the battle belonged to God. When questioned by Saul, David knew God had delivered him from the bear and the lion and He would do the same now.  In I Samuel 17:45, when taunted by Goliath for being just a boy, David lets him know God will deliver him into his hand.

Deed done. All it took was one stone. And the hand of God.

The same is true for us. No matter the battle I/we face, the victory is His because the battle is His.

“Thank you, Father, for the victory. Thank You that the battle is Yours if I turn it over to You and not try to fight it on my own.”



4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    I love that if I am willing to simply let go, God will fight the battle. Only when I choose to hold on and fight myself is when I really get into trouble. Usually, the battle is in the mind anyway… and if I choose to release that, I just need to show up, God will do the rest.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      The key, as you stated Ryan, is being willing to let go. I tend to want to grip too tightly with my hand around my sword.

  2. I have to remind myself all the time that my battles truly belong to God, not to me. I know He has the victory, and I simply need to trust that He is doing all He can to bring that about.
    Blessings, Bill!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I think it is vital to do that Martha. Otherwise, I think it is also easy to rest on our laurels or our own strength.