This morning I read, once again, how Jesus used Scripture to defend Himself when Satan was tempting Him. (See Matthew 4:1-11 if you are unfamiliar with the account.) Jesus saw Scripture as an essential life tool. We can see from His discussions with Pharisees and others that He had great portions memorized and ready for use. We know He would have studied it as a child. Can you picture Him doing the hard memory work? I think I often take it for granted, figuring that as God’s Son, His brain would have come preprogrammed. That probably wasn’t so. Instead, Jesus, even as a child, recognized the value of His Father’s Word and made the necessary effort to remember it. We are wise to do the same.
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give all of you into our hands.” –1 Samuel 17:47
These are the words David spoke to Goliath and the Philistines. The rest of Israel’s army was cowering in fear, but David stepped up armed with five smooth stones and faith in God’s ability and desire to save. God enabled him to take Goliath out with just one stone. (Click here to read the full story at BibleGateway.com.)
When we’re tempted to worry or to let fear paralyze us where we stand, we can remember David’s confidence that the battle is the Lord’s. We don’t need superhuman strength, the latest technology, or miraculous abilities. We have God. Whenever we find ourselves doing battle in His name, we can trust that He is there to fight for us, just as David trusted.
Father, as we memorize these words this week, stamp this truth in our minds and on our hearts. You are God. You love us. You are there. The battle is Yours. Amen.