Principle: Fighting our battles God’s Way leads to victory
As I have been speaking with many people, there seems to be a common theme that keeps emerging, the feeling of being overwhelmed. Some are overwhelmed with their busy schedule and lifestyle and others with their circumstances. The battle may be physical or emotional and can cause anxiety, fear or depression.
As I have been thinking about this God has shown me three things that we need to remember when facing overwhelming situations.
Focus On God
In Psalm 77:11-12 we read, “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; Yes I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your works, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”
This is a Psalm of Asaph. Asaph is a Levite, the son of Berachia, one of David’s choir leaders. As you read this Psalm, you immediately sense that Asaph is in a very low state. He is crying out to God in His distress, seeking God day and night, he was overwhelmed and depressed.
He then decides to remember, to let his mind focus on not himself or his circumstances, but on God. He remembers, (calls to mind) the wonders that God had done for His people in the past. He ponders (thinks deeply and carefully) about all of God’s works, and he meditates ( reflects, focuses) on God’s mighty deeds.
When His focus shifted to God instead of his troubles, he was able to see the truth about His God and could say, “You are the God who works wonders; You have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people ( v 14).”
When we focus on our troubles they become so big in our minds that we begin to think and feel that God cannot help us. Asaph had to be intentional in focusing on God. He said, I will remember, I will ponder, I will meditate on God’s wonders, work, and mighty deeds. We have to do our part and focus our mind on who God is, His power and might, not ourselves or the giant before us.
Realize That It Is God’s Battle
The story of David and Goliath ( is very familiar to most people. It is the story of a giant (Goliath) who challenged God’s people (the Israelites) to a battle. This champion of the Philistines was very intimidating to the Israelites because he was over 9 feet tall and was a man of war from his youth.
Goliath told them to choose one man from their army to fight with him. If you kill me says Goliath then we will be your servants. If I win then you will be our servants. Not one soldier in King Saul’s army accepted the challenge. This same speech went on for 40 days.
Now David’s older brothers were at the battle site, but he was at home tending the sheep. One day his father sent him to take food for his brothers. When he heard Goliath’s taunting, he knew that something had to be done. Goliath was defying the armies of the living God and he would not allow it.
You see, David saw the bigger picture. Goliath thought that he was powerful enough to fight against the Israelites and their God. David wanted God’s name to be honored and for all to know that He (the God of Israel) was powerful enough to win any battle.
“For the battle is the LORD’S he will give you into our hand (v 47).”
What are you battling today? Look at the whole picture! The battle is not yours, but God’s. Why do you want to win your battle, is it for your glory or for God’s glory?
In Psalm 55:22, David tells us, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Fight The Battle God’s Way
Human logic would tell us that if we are fighting against someone who is suited in an armor, we should dress the same way.
When David told King Saul that he woud fight against Goliath, the king was doubtful. He said, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth (v 33).” David told the king that he had struck down both lions and bears and would do the same to Goliath because he had defied the armies of the living God (v 36).
Still not convinced Saul gave David his armor, a helmet of bronze, and a coat of mail (v 38). Because Saul was bigger than David, his armor did not fit him well, nor had David fought in them before, so he put them off. Instead, “He took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling in his hand, and he approached the Philistine (v 40).”
Normally stones and a sling would not be chosen as a weapon of warfare against an opponent who had a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but David knew that this battle had to be fought God’s way. He knew that he was not strong enough or smart enough to defeat Goliath. His relationship with God was of such that he knew exactly what God wanted him to do and did it. Often God’s battle instructions to us are not what we (or others) may consider as logical. He may tell us to love when we feel like hating, to forgive when we want to be bitter or to hold on when we feel like letting go.
Let us always remember, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9
David was confident that the LORD who delivered him from the paw of the lion and the bear would deliver him against Goliath. He repeated to King Saul and Goliath that it was God who would give him the victory.
Does your giant loom over you causing you to run and tremble with fear? The power of God can bring down any giant. Goliath taunted the army of Israel for 40 days and there seemed to be no solution before David arrived. Perhaps your giant situation has been around for a very long time and it seems as though you will be defeated.
We may not know exactly when our deliverance will come, but we do know that when we focus on God, realize that the battle is His, and fight His way, He will give us the victory.
Note: All references are taken from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.