Battles ahead

David had a huge battle in fighting the Philistines, but God was there for him.

2 Samuel 5.1-25

Reference: v. 24 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.

Explore: David had a huge task before him. The Philistines were attacking in full force and were not relenting in their attacks. David continued to ask of the Lord whether he really should have been fighting back at the Philistines. I’m sure David isn’t like me, who only goes to the Lord at the last minute when every other avenue has closed. Although he did have to ask the Lord twice and so He went before David and helped defeat the Philistines.

Application: In life we do come up against big challenges. Often our challenges seem insurmountable. If there is anyone we can depend on, it’s God. He has shown us in this passage that He not only sits with us when we feel overwhelmed but He can go before us and help us in every battle that we may face. Let us not forget to rely on God when the battles loom ahead and constantly look to Him for strength and guidance.

Prayer: Lord, so often we think we have the strength to confront things on our own. You are the all powerful God. If You are for us, who can be against us? Thank you for your partnership. Amen.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.


HaiDecember 18, 2015 at 10:06 PMReply

Regarding Jesus as the Son of God, I had an amazing exceirenpe this weekend. I visited Faith, my oldest daughter, in Philadelphia for the family weekend. I wanted to see her, her school, and roommates; however, I also had another person in mind whom I wanted to see- my college professor. He taught history and was my advisor. The students used to call him, walking encyclopedia, since he had three doctorate degrees. He was also a professor who taught me important life lessons through his exemplary life. He was one of my mentors. Since he retired in Philadelphia, two tragedies struck him a bus hit his wife and left her with dementia and one of his daughters died of cancer. I really wanted to go and shared with him how much he meant to me. The problem was I had no way of getting there. I had no car and where he lived was the heart of Philadelphia. How could I figure out the train and bus connections to get there? Well, I went to church service on Sunday morning with Faith, and when it was over, guess whom I met? Hannah Chung who used to teach Faith as a Sunday School teacher! She has been attending a medical school in Philadelphia, but because she graduated a number of years ago, I lost contact with her. To make a long story short, she gladly gave me a ride to the professor’s condo and even took Faith and I out to dinner. What are the chances for her and I to see each other in Philadelphia? However, God brought us together miraculously and helped me visit my professor to encourage him and to tell him how much I appreciate him. Praise the Lord! He is indeed the Son of God who performs the unexpected miracles.

Linda BaileyMarch 16, 2016 at 5:59 PMReply

What an incredible story, Hai! And so wonderful that God opened the door for you to do so much good. 🙂