ESOCS Devotional 26 May 2020
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 17:41-58
MEMORY VERSE: “David answered, you are coming against me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty …”1 Samuel 17:45 KJV
The enemy is the organized force or power that is formed against the will of God in the life of God’s own elects. In our text, Goliath and the Philistines were the enemies of Israel. The word of God is the unshakable and indomitable truths about God and His people. In our text today, we learn that those who rely on the truths about God come out victorious in all challenges of the enemy.
One key weapon of the enemy is threat to harm, and disregard for the power of the God we serve. Goliath laughed at David and disregarded the power of God. In verse 41-44, we read in part, “… He said to David, What’s that stick for? Do you think I am a dog? And he called down curses from gods on David. Come on … and I will give your body to the birds and animals to eat.”
Battles are not won by threats. Spiritual battles are won by the strength of the source of your power. Those who rely on God have the Almighty power of God behind them. All we need to do is to invoke the word of God faithfully against the challenging situation. This was exactly what David did in his physical battle with Goliath. In verse 45, we read, “David answered, you are coming against me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the Israelite armies….”
It is important to choose the word of your prayer carefully to show your knowledge of the truth that God is the source of your power and all glory must be given to Him alone for the victory. In verses 46 and 47, David said, “This very day the LORD will put you in my power. I will defeat you and cut off your head …. And everyone here will see that the LORD does not need swords or spears to save his people. He is victorious in battle, and he will put all of you in our power.”
If you are armed with requisite knowledge of God and faith, be certain that victory is yours in every situation. Israel refused to surrender to the threat of Goliath for forty days. David came to champion the cause of the LORD with total support from all Israel. By this, he got victory. In verse 50, we read of it thus: “And so, without a sword, David defeated and killed Goliath with a sling and a stone.”
May the LORD grant us total victory over our enemies and all those who hate us.
ESOCS Devotional 26 May – CHALLENGES: How often do you study the word of God?
PRAYER POINT: Lord, I thank you for your grace and victory over my life, in Jesus name! Amen.
FURTHER READING: 1 Samuel 18:1-19; Revelation 18:11-24; 19:1-16