A Note from Alvin Malave
Galloping horses with warrior riders sound like thunder. Soldiers, equipped with swords, face off in ranks. As they charge toward one another, hearts are beating fast. As a trumpet sounds on each side, glaring sunbeams bounce off shiny swords like flashes of lightning. The crescendo of shouts from opposing sides grows louder and louder.
Do you remember the Exodus story? The Israelite slaves experienced God’s deliverance and redemption from the mightiest government of the time. God took the descendants of these slaves and often, in scenes like the one above, used them to conquer the promised land and purge it of its iniquity. However, Gideon faced off against ten thousand Midianites with only three hundred soldiers armed with pots and trumpets! “In order that Israel may not boast against Me that her own strength has saved her” Judges 7:2. King Hezekiah simply spread out the death threats from the King of Assyria before the Lord—and prayed. The angel of the Lord then put one hundred eighty-five thousand men to death in the Assyrian camp.
Do you see the point yet? Are we trusting the Lord to deal with our troubles or are we spinning our wheels trying to figure things out on our own? We are not a defeated people because the Lord is our Savior! We belong to a King who cannot be defeated, and who is constantly fighting for us! This isn’t to say we should not prepare for battle. The New Testament tells us to arm ourselves with spiritual armor. But we do this while drawing strength from the Lord and His mighty power.
The armor of God helps us in our struggle against the authorities, powers, and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. The helmet helps us to remember God’s redemptive purpose and the victory of Christ on the cross. The breastplate guards our heart with righteousness, while the sword of God’s Word and the shield of faith allow us to defeat all the enemy’s devices. We stand on the Gospel of peace, and the belt of truth holds our armor together. Although we equip ourselves with all these things, it is deeply encouraging that the victory rests with the Lord who conquered the grave. “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory rests with the Lord” Proverbs 21:31, NIV