Fighting For A Cause

“Is there not a cause?”

– 1 Samuel 17:29

Israel’s army stood before the armies of the Philistines, and they prepared for battle. Saul and his men were dismayed and much afraid. The fear they displayed makes one wonder if the battle they were attempting to fight was one that God ordained. If it was, then with what heart were they trying to fight? It certainly was not one that was wholly surrendered to God. If it were so, they would understand whose battle it was.

Israel’s army certainly looked the part. The armor was donned, and the sword held, but the warrior inside stood terrified. Little did they know the battle would be decided with no sword in hand. For David, that ruddy youth was on his way carrying his shepherd’s sling. Although commanded by his father to bring supplies to his brothers, David realized God’s hand at work. When he is asked by Eliab why he came, David’s real purpose is settled at home in his mind and heart. It is demonstrated in David’s question, “Is there not a cause?” It is here that he recognized God’s providence. It was not Jesse, his earthly father, commanding him. It was the Lord, our heavenly Father, guiding and directing.

The Holy Spirit was now upon David, and the Lord’s purpose was divinely imparted. This helped to anchor the young man’s faith to God so that his heart would not fail him in times of adversity. The purpose was clear and calling sure; it was a battle the Lord had called him to. He could now boldly proclaim in defiance of his enemies, “the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:47).

Is the battle you have been attempting to fight one with a cause and instituted by God? If it is, you can be confident that fear will subside, and you will remember it is the Lord’s to fight. If it is not, you will continue walking in constant dismay and confusion. You may look the part outwardly, but internally there will be overwhelming doubt and continuous anxiety.

“All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they reckoned on His being with them.”

– James Hudson Taylor
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