The Final Battle

This is my first-day “post-op.” Yesterday I had surgery to address a herniated disc in my lower back. The surgeon actually referred to it as “blown” which means it was worse than the MRI revealed. Surgery was definitely needed. I am glad that I am progressing. The greatest post-surgical pain has been in my throat. That may be due to the tube they insert and my history of being on a trach. Thank you for your continued prayers for my recovery and progress in the coming days and weeks.

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…. “…David and his men were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted. Ishbi-benob was a descendant of the giants…had cornered David and was about to kill him. But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue and killed the Philistine. Then David’s men declared, “You are not going out to battle with us again! Why risk snuffing out the light of Israel?” 2 Samuel 21:15-17 NLT

David was known as a mighty warrior and a great military leader. His exploits were many. From the killing of Goliath to serving as Saul’s armor bearer to being the commander of the armies of Israel to serving as King. He was feared and revered.

But like all great fighters and leaders, his active role in battle faced an end. It came in dramatic fashion as David was about to be killed and was rescued at the last minute by the fast actions and bravery of one of his men.

This escape from death on the battlefield caused David’s leaders to let him know that his fighting days were over. He was more valuable in the palace than on the battlefield.

That can be a difficult realization for any warrior. But it appears that David took the advice of his men and allowed others to fight the battles and lead the charge for God’s people.

I notice with interest this account of David’s final battle is followed by a list of the exploits of some of the bravest and best soldiers in David’s army. God was with His people, but the skill and success of his men are impressive indeed.

This points to the fact that success is not dependent upon one individual or leader. The Lord has many “in the wings” who are active and ready to assume greater responsibility when the need arises. I have seen this when great leaders come to their “final” battle and there can be anxiety over what’s next or who will “fill his shoes.” We can be confident that in every area and in all times God has those He is using and will use to advance His divine purposes.

Then I notice the next chapter after a review of the mighty acts of David’s mighty men is a song of praise to the Lord by David. David extols the Lord for being his rock, fortress, savior; my God in whom I find protection…my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise…” (2 Samuel 22:1-4 NLT)

Wow! I think he covered it all. This shows where David’s focus and confidence were in spite of his accomplishments. He was able to remain humble and submissive in the mountain tops of victory and in the valley of failure.

David had a role to play at a given time in God’s plan. Others would come behind and the situation would be different as well as the challenges and the leadership that was needed. As we see the course of history we can observe God calling using individuals in strategic ways. Regardless of their qualifications and human weakness and failings.

When our “final battle” comes to an end, we can be confident there are others who will faithfully continue to win battles and advance the cause of the Lord’s kingdom.