Jo Grimond, leader of the Liberal Party in the 1960’s once famously said, ‘In bygone days, commanders were taught that when in doubt, they should march their troops towards the sound of gunfire’.
As Christians we know that we are in a battle, and the ‘sound of gunfire’ is all around us. We all face trials & battles in life – our workplace, our family life, battles against temptation, thoughts of worry and anxiety, our health and well being, as well as spiritual battles for another person or to move forward spiritually ourselves.
How should we respond? Do we keep our heads down and find shelter in worldly ways or rise up, press in and seek Him for the answer? Indeed our response makes the difference between victory and defeat, ground taken or ground lost.
These battles can be fought in one of two ways, in own strength or turning to God and fighting His way, trusting in His power.
Trusting Him with them it’s no longer our battle but His battle! David used the same phrase for his fight against Goliath, ‘It is His battle and His victory’ 1Samuel 17:47
Goliath was much bigger than David. But David’s faith was in the God who is greater than all. David showed his faith by declaring the victory in advance and giving God the praise for it. Then he attacked the problem, rather than waiting for it in fear. Each time we go into battle against our Goliath let’s declare our faith is in God alone. ‘The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.’ Psalm 24:8
In every situation, clothed with His armour, trusting not of ourselves but in His promises, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’ Matthew 19:26, we can be ‘Strong in the Lord and in His mighty power’ Ephesians 6:12, and march toward the gunfire the words given to Gideon ringing in our ears, ‘Arise mighty warrior, the Lord is with you’.