“As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.”
1 Samuel 17:48 NLT
When I was young my parents auto mechanics shop was located in a rough area of downtown Hamilton. German Shepherd guard dogs kept the building safe.
Some of the people who worked for our family had what you might call ‘interesting backgrounds’. One of my favorites was a guy named Jimmy; my sister Lori and I loved him. He was an excellent employee trying to cut all ties from his former connections when a dangerous biker gang started putting pressure on his little brother. In confidence Jimmy went to the clubhouse to confront them and warn them to leave his brother alone. When Jimmy turned to walk away they shot him in the back.
Lori and I were distraught at Jimmy’s funeral. As a little girl I wondered why there were so many police in the funeral home and parked along the road to the cemetery, but my adult self fully understands.
Jimmy’s Fatal Error
Jimmy’s error was in turning his back to the enemy. All too often we run away from the enemy, leaving ourselves open for attack.
You’ve Got to Run at The Enemy
David was a born warrior so he knew not to do this, he knew exactly how to defeat the enemy. Scripture tells us that “David quickly ran out to meet” Goliath. He didn’t sit back, cower back or turn and run away. David ran towards the enemy.
Comparing this verse with another set of warrior verses in the Bible, it’s interesting to me that when Paul encourages us to “put on the full armor of God” in Ephesians 61 there isn’t one article described to cover your back. It makes me ask, Why would God leave us unprotected?
I believe God never intended for you to turn away from the enemy. God knew that you would only be safe as you move forward and run at the enemy.
On my head, I place the helmet of salvation to guard my thoughts. I’m wrapping the belt of Your truth around my waist and cinching it in tight. I’m protecting my heart, with the breastplate of Your righteousness and tying up my shoes getting ready to run with the gospel of peace. I extinguish all the enemy’s darts as I raise up the shield my faith in You provides. In my hand I place the sword of Your Word and it is Your Word I will declare as I run at the enemy! In Jesus Name…Amen
- Ephesians 6:13-17
The Armor of God
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
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MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
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THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community – Barbara Bradford Ottinger
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