“David grew faint.”– 2 Samuel 21:15
The Bible tells us, “If you faint in the days of adversity, your faith is small” (Proverbs 24:10). It was not David’s faith, however, that was challenged in this battle with the Philistine’s. That youthful warrior spirit still resided in him. It was the same attitude that was there during Goliath’s defeat. David’s weakness was not from a weary heart or a lost soul. His body was tired and giving out. This was a “weakness that could be understood.” And those around him recognized it and rallied around him. Likely, David would not give up himself. Recognizing this, his men intervened and told him, “You shall go out no more with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel” (2 Samuel 21:17).
It was not that David was being “put out to pasture.” Quite the opposite. It was that his life, experience, and counsel were too important to lose at this time. David was in a position where he could no longer be effective. His body could not keep up with the demands. The physical battle was now left in the capable hands of those David had fought alongside for so many years. David had undoubtedly prepared them well.
The Christian battles not against flesh and blood. It is a spiritual battle and best fought on our knees in prayer. We often want to do something for the Lord physically only to discover that we quickly grow faint. It is through prayer and worship, where battles are fought and won. We forget to sit at Jesus’ feet like Mary, and are anxious and troubled by many things like Martha.
Growing faint, as David did, is not a failure. On the contrary, it can be the right place for the Christian. It brings us low and reminds us to place our hope in Christ. It can be the beginning of a new season in our lives. God knows the plans He has for you. It is God who began the good work in you, and He will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus, our Lord. May we recognize our weaknesses and say, as David did, “they were too strong for me.” Let us remove ourselves from the thrones of our lives and allow God his rightful role in them. As it is written, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord” (Proverbs 21:31).
“The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one thing that is continually under attack.”– Oswald Chambers