Bible Reading: Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Samuel 17:32-40
Welcome to Surge Armour!
I remember a really bad day in my Junior Secondary School when I got bullied by this Senior, who at the time I was convinced didn’t have a heart, or any form of feelings for humanity. I knew for certain that he didn’t have both humanity and sanity, but with every one more slap that he landed on me, the hopes of him even having at least one of the two kept flying off. You know how you had always heard people say ‘dirty slap’, but you’re now finally in one of those moments where you’re like ‘surely, this is what they meant- this must be the dirty type.’
I cried terribly, not just from the pain of the beating, but maybe more especially out of helplessness.
It was so painful to know that I wasn’t guilty of what He was accusing me of, and could do nothing about what I was going through here. Absolutely nothing!
Do you ever feel that way when life happens on you? Do you ever feel caught and webbed in the motions of the tensions of everyday that play out so quickly.
Here’s the deal- God doesn’t want you living overwhelmed and bullied by life. God has a plan of victory for His children, whether it’s in the everyday tensions you face or the intense war-zone battles of life.
This is not even necessarily about some #EndSARS headline-making type of battle. This might simply be the everyday battle of doing life. Maybe #EndToday’sHUNGER or #EndSINGLENESS, #EndHOMELESSNESS, #EndUNEMPLOYMENT #EndSCHOOLBRUTALITY, and so on.
Does God care?
Can I do anything?
You can actually do something!
In our reading today, David got to the battle front and met the Israelite army freaking out at the threats of Goliath. They were in that place where we find ourselves many times, when we not only feel that the weight of a battle we face is heavier than us, we feel like we can do nothing about it.
I think David’s three-fold response is very instructional for us:
First, he stands up to the battle. He doesn’t just sit in feeling overwhelmed and sulking about what he can’t do. He stands up to take responsibility for the battles in front of him with a deep assurance of the victories that God will grant him.
Secondly, he refuses to fight with Saul’s armour. There’s always a Saul trying to force an armour on us because of the battle in front of us. There’s a way the world wants us to do the fights. Some may not necessarily be bad things, but they are not the appointed God-way for us to live in victory. David outrightly refuses to fight with Saul’s armour.
Thirdly, David picks his God-ordained fighting kit. It might look simple to the observing eye, but it will always bring victory. Victory for the child of God is not about some loud all-night ceremonial armour tank. Victory is about obediently using the armour God intends.
I’m excited that in this Surge series, we can share about our God ordained fighting kit, which Paul lists out in his letter to the Ephesians. Our amazing team of writers will load us with item by item over the next seven days.
The reality is that we face the unprecedented everyday. Life throws some hits that are entirely beyond us. Times will weigh heavy sometimes. And no matter what living everyday looks like in your context, you can’t afford to sit in and let yourself get bullied by life.
So here is the decision I want you to make ahead: What do you want your life to look like from today- would you rather get bullied or get your armour?
Something to pray
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Ephesians 6:13 MSG
Would you pray today for the help of God as you face up to life in this season (if there are particular battles you’re in, please mention them) and ask that through it all, you’ll still be on your feet!