Daily Devotionals

April 16, 2020: Reason to Rejoice: The battle is not yours, but God’s!

1 Samuel 31:4 (NIV) 

“Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.” 

For years Saul pursued David. David had at least two clear opportunities to kill Saul, and it would have been self-defense. Even his own soldiers told him so. Each time David refused to lift his hand against the Lord’s anointed.

How would David ever be set free from his chief enemy? If he would not take matters into his own hands, who would?

Dear Saint, see the hand of God in this battle scene in I Samuel 31. Saul had become David’s bitterest enemy over the last several years. David was constantly on the run from him. He was always outnumbered and outgunned, but God kept him alive and just out of Saul’s reach.

Who would rise to defeat David’s bitterest enemy? No one. Saul would bring down his own life. 

It is this way with every one of our chief enemies. God brings pressure to bear on them, and they eventually lose heart and give up. In this case, Saul gave up everything. He could no longer continue the battle against David. God raised up the Philistines to defeat Saul. It was not even the Philistines that took Saul’s life. Saul took his own life.

God will bring down every one of our enemies in His time. We do not need to fight them; God will fight them on our behalf.

Saint, we have a reason to rejoice because God fights our battles. He only asks that we stand still and hold our ground as he destroys our enemies.

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