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April 8, 2014

Text:  “And that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear.  For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”   I Samuel 17:47

It was the battle for all the marbles: Israelites vs. Philistines, winner take all. Champion of the Philistines was Goliath (over nine feet tall), challenging any Israelite soldier  to meet him in  single combat to determine the winner. Only, all the Israelites were terrified of him. But David the shepherd boy came to camp and accepted the proposal. It is the classic under-dog situation.

Under-dogs don’t always lose, however. Despite all Goliath’s menacing weapons, David cut him down with five smooth stones and a sling shot. David himself had predicted it as Jehovah’s doing. (See text above.)

Have you ever considered yourself the under-dog?  Life is filled with tall mountains to climb, wide rivers to cross, many ferocious enemies to face, and dread of defeat. No matter what you undertake in life, you will face the embarrassment of failing or being defeated at some time. You may feel totally alone, deserted, helpless in the face of a jugernaught  aimed directly at you. Your resources are depleted. Your hopes have disappeared into thin air. What is left is fear and uncertainty. You are hiding somewhere, wondering where to get the motivation and resources to go on.

It is the habit of most people who find themselves under duress by a seemingly insurmountable problem to seek help from material and emotional sources of this world. How about money to banish the oppressive  foes? No, money cannot make sawdust of such situations. How about counseling?  The counselor has no absolute cure. Family or friends? Remember troubled Job’s wife and friends: their advice is vain. Alright then, how about the government? No, they’re uncaring and ineffective. Other troubled ones fall back upon Alcohol. Booze and drugs can make the user forget the problem briefly, but the pain returns shortly. Things? Jewelry? Rings? Wardrobe? Automobile? ( material possessions)   These things are transitory and ineffective.

What then can fortify the oppressed?  WHY, GOD, OF COURSE!

Since Jesus, the Son of God, has come into this world and shared our hardships and afflictions he knows our troubles firsthand. He urged that sufferers come to him for comfort and aid. All of these urgings are tender and uplifting, but the one most recognized in Matthew 11:28-29  “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” The Father is pictured as our refuge and strength in Psalms 46:1. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

What characteristics does God have to help us in our struggles? Let’s name a few.

God is filled with compassion. There is love and fatherliness in Him. Psalms 72:13

God is longsuffering. He has patience. We must wait on his mercies for they will finally appear and relieve us.  Psalms 86:15

God possesses infinite wisdom. It is up to us to subject ourselves to the plan of God. You and I have a part in God’s unfolding will. Job 12:13

God has the power to deliver and prosper his children. His blessing are infinite. He bestows them upon mankind with grace, mercy and love. Psalms 111:6

When you are suffering, distressed, and oppressed remember God!  There is one thing that you must remember: you will never be forsaken!

“But they  who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31









One Comment
  1. Absolutely,
    A moe timely topic could not be presented. Regardless of what is oppressing us, “The Battle is The Lord’s”

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