One of the key things that we must learn to do as Christians is to stand our ground.

Roman SoldierIn Ephesians chapter 6, Paul instructs us to put on the armour of God and in verse 13 he says, “For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground” (God’s Word Translation). One of the key things that we must learn to do as Christians is to stand our ground. We must learn to not give up because of the passage of time, to not cave in because of opposition. Verse 14 continues, “So then, take your stand!“. We must exercise the patience, the determination and the resilience that we need to keep going until we see the victory or until we possess what God has promised.

The opposition of the Jebusites had no effect on David.

When David was made king of all Israel, the first thing that he did was to go to Jerusalem (also known as Jebus in those days). Up until that point Jerusalem had not been conquered by the Israelites and the Jebusites still lived there. But David knew that it was God’s will for him to take the city, so he wasn’t going to let the Israelites’ past failures put him off. 1 Chronicles 11:5 records the Jebusites’ arrogant defiance of David and his response: “They said to David, “You can’t get inside our city.” But David captured their strong city of Jerusalem, the City of David” (International Children’s  Bible). The opposition of the Jebusites had no effect on David, he persevered and Jerusalem became known as the City of David.

David was not afraid.

Of course this was not the first time that David had stood his ground in the face of opposition. When all of Israel were afraid of Goliath and the threats that he was making, David was not afraid. David remembered, that as an descendant of Abraham, he had a covenant with almighty God. He knew that because of that covenant, what was impossible in the natural was possible for him, because with God all things are possible. So whilst everyone else was looking at the circumstances, David looked to God and he boldly declared to Goliath:

You are coming against me with sword, spear, and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel’s army, the one you’ve insulted. Today the Lord will hand you over to me. I will strike you down and cut off your head! Today I will feed your dead body and the dead bodies of the entire Philistine camp to the wild birds and the wild animals. Then the whole world will know that there is a God on Israel’s side. And all those gathered here will know that the Lord doesn’t save by means of sword and spear. The Lord owns this war, and he will hand all of you over to us.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47, Common English Bible)

David did not set out on a brave suicide mission and just happen to get in a lucky shot.

There was no doubt in his mind, David was totally assured of victory. He wasn’t exhibiting the bravery of a soldier who fights on in the face of almost certain death. David did not set out on a brave suicide mission and just happen to get in a lucky shot. David was certainly extremely brave, but he knew that Goliath killing him was not even  a remote possibility. He knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that because God was with him the chances of victory were 100%. We too, need to have that total confidence that when we put our trust in God and follow His way of doing things we will never be defeated. We need to have that total confidence that whatever God has promised will come to pass – provided that we do our part and stand our ground, no matter how long it takes. As Hebrews 6:12 says, it is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises. Time after time the Bible exhorts us to stand our ground:

  • My dear friends, stand firm and don’t be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile” (1 Corinthians 15:58, Contemporary English Version)
  • You must stand firm in the Lord, dear friends” (Philippians 4:1, International Standard Version)
  • What the Messiah has freed us for is freedom! Therefore, stand firm, and don’t let yourselves be tied up again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1, Complete Jewish Bible)
  • Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13, New International Version)
  • Be patient and stand firm” (James 5:8, New International Version)
  • The righteous will never be moved” (Psalm 112:6, New Revised Standard Version)
  • The righteous stand firm forever” (Proverbs 10:25, Common English Bible)

David knew that he was not facing Goliath alone.

If we attempt to stand our ground in our own strength we are destined to fail. If David had just decided to take on Goliath in his own strength, without acknowledging that God would be with him, it is debatable whether he would have been brave or stupid – sometimes there is a very fine line between the two. But when you confidently put your trust in God, victory is assured. David knew that he was not facing Goliath alone. David knew the truth of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me“- even if he didn’t know it as ‘Philippians 4:13’. So stand your ground, never back down, never give up, because you can do all things through Him who strengthens you.

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