Running to Battle

“When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:48).

What a remarkable verse we sometimes read over. This intimidating colossus moved forward toward the battle line, and David ran to meet him. We get the idea that David relished the challenge. He looked forward to engaging Goliath, and put any dread or worries behind. His eye was on the giant, but really upon God who provided the strength. David believed God. He believed God’s ability to win the victory and put to flight Israel’s sworn enemies. David’s faith in God produced an eagerness to fulfill God’s plan. David’s heart believed, and then his feet ran.

Let’s consider several principles:

1. Inactive faith contradicts faith itself.
If we say we love God, but do not do what He says, we cannot claim to be children of faith (1 John 2:4). James puts it right when he says:

“So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17).

God saves us by faith alone, but true faith produces action. We believe God and then set out to live for Him:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13).

People who claim faith in God, yet fail to demonstrate faith by their lives, need to examine their hearts.

2. Faith leads us to attempt things for God.
David beheld both the taunting giant and the cowering Israel army. He considered how dishonoring to God were the actions of both, and so he determined to do something about it. He grabbed his sling and stones, and sprinted into action. Faith leads us to attempt things for God. Faith cannot sit still. Faith stirs us up to love and good deeds. Faith cannot rest until God gets some honor.

We who follow God need to drink deep at the well of God’s Word. But once we drink, we cannot go our way forgetting what we learned (James 1:22-25). We need to put our faith into action. Once we do, expect God to bless as only He can.

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