Running into Battle

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As I read my Bible this week, I came across a verse that showed me how I should deal with pesky problems in my life. David’s life always evokes a spectrum of emotions in me. And, as always, I find something “new” every time I read about it.

This time the verse that stood out was

“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” 1 Samuel 17:48 (NIV1984, emphasis added)

David ran toward the battle line . . . toward Goliath? I run too, but in the opposite direction. I don’t meet my problems head-on. In fact, I have spent the entire day fighting anxiety to the point that I made myself physically ill. One problem after another popped up to compound it.

But then I remembered another verse earlier in the chapter. I think it’s the key to David’s ability to run confidently into the battle.

The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37 (NIV1984, emphasis added)

The assurance that he could defeat Goliath didn’t come from David’s confidence in himself. It came from his faith in God, who had delivered him from big, frightening annoyances much like this giant he faced. David remembered what God had done for him in the past, and then he trusted God with his future.

So, the same God who

  • had someone deliver a case of diapers (in the perfect size) during nap time when BookGirl was a baby
  • moved someone to give us just enough money to get gas for that trip to Children’s for Princess
  • took care of BookGirl when she was a very sick three-year-old with a 106.3 degree fever
  • has seen Princess through three sinus surgeries, multiple procedures under anesthesia, and more illnesses than I can count
  • has never failed to provide a roof over our heads and food on our table, including the time that DH was unemployed and wasn’t eligible for unemployment (Yeah, scary!)
  • has enabled me to care for the girls when I was sick for weeks on end
  • has sent wonderful friends into my life to pray for me, support me, and love me
  • has blessed me beyond measure with my husband and two children

is the same God who will see us through every problem we’re up against today.

The LORD who delivered us from every so-called impossible situation we’ve ever found ourselves in will deliver us this time too. He is faithful.

Just before I started typing this post, I got on my face in the kitchen floor (hey, wherever you are, right?) and asked God to forgive me. I have spent the entire day tormented by fear and anxiety because I kept reminding God how big my circumstances are instead of reminding the giants how big my God is.

“. . . the battle is the LORD’s . . .” 1 Samuel 17:47 (NIV1984)

I’m going to let Him fight it.

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15 Responses to Running into Battle

  1. This is so true, Jennifer. I know the anxiety you’ve (I’ve) had today and over the past few months. I’ve watched God time and time again take care of the little things that you (or I) have been anxious over. He is in control. He is faithful even when we are anxious, flailing about in humanly fears and worries, God is here. God is the same God who has watched in the other times and God will watch and care for you and your beautiful family now.

    I am so grateful to serve a God who loves me enough to not only know the number of hairs on my head, but the number of grey hairs. I am grateful to serve a God who not only would protect us from the lion’s paw, but from all of the Goliaths that we face (both people and circumstances) all the time…So long as we trust in him. Thank you for this reminder!

  2. tjtjvank says:

    Jennifer, this is so encouraging. How often do we run in the opposite direction and become filled with fear and anxiety? I’ve had a lot of it lately.
    What you did is exactly what the Lord calls us to do–REMEMBER!! Remember what He has done for us before. Those memory stones build our faith and trust to make it through the present trial. I’m getting there, by His grace, little by little. He, alone, is making it happen.
    Blessings friend,
    Janis

  3. Robin says:

    What a humbling post. How true that God has providing and proven Himself over and over and yet we wastefully spend so much time in fear. Praying for you.

  4. He is so good and faithful….running into battle….hmmm..now, that’s something I’ll really have to pray about!

  5. Joy says:

    Ya know, those two verse also stuck out to me. Yes, we are usually running the opposite direction. We should know now what a faithful God he is, since he has taken such wonderful care of us. Yet, we still turn and run on occasion, trying to take care of the matter ourselves. I am so thankful we have such an awesome, mighty and faithful God. There is no telling where I would be without Him. Thank you for this post, Jennifer!!

  6. Tricia says:

    Wow, that’s so it… “I kept reminding God how big my circumstances are instead of reminding the giants how big my God is.” This is exactly what I do when I am filled with anxiety and fear. And I am often filled with anxiety and fear. This sentence is so right on though, very well put! In those moments I need to face the giants and remind them (and myself) how big my God is! Amen! Really great statement Jennifer, really great!

    • Thanks, Tricia! I’m saying a prayer for you right now. I often struggle with fear and anxiety too, and I’m sick of it! I’m trying to stay focused on God and His faithfulness and ability to do absolutely anything!

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