A while back, I spoke with a lady whose husband, the primary provider, suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. Her husband’s employer had been generous by allowing him to work at a series of less demanding jobs as he deteriorated. Eventually, though, he retired early. Not only did the family lose his income, but she reduced her hours at her job to take care of him. She was struggling and distraught.
Not a Christian believer, she hadn’t asked God for help. I suggested she pray. Our brief time together allowed me to share a famous Bible story.
When David was a young king of about thirty-years-old, the Philistines approached in the valley of Rephaim. David fought them several times in the past. The first time, Saul was the king, and David was a boy. David single-handedly defeated Goliath with a rock from his slingshot.
With a history of Philistine victories, we might think David would put on his armor and march without hesitation. However, before going to battle, he, “inquired of the Lord.”
God gave David unexpected instructions. His instructions were for David to “circle in around behind them.” God told the king who defied a Philistine giant to sneak behind the enemy this time.
Did David hesitate? Would his army consider him weak and refuse to follow him? Would the people who once sang, “David killed ten thousand,” sing, “He attacked from behind”? If so, he ignored his personal concerns and listened to God. Here is what God told him:
“When you hear the sound of marching in the trees, then you shall act promptly, for then the Lord will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.” II Samuel 5:24 (New American Standard)
I am stirred by the invisible soldiers of God marching overhead to assist David. Furthermore, I’m confident God is still willing to help his people fight battles. Why? Because God helps me. Also, friends share examples of how God provides miraculous solutions to what seems impossible situations.
It is important to note; the personal stories include a yielding to God’s will. Once the seeker is in tune with God’s direction for their lives, they receive His help. Sometimes, assistance is immediate, and other times it’s at a slower process. But looking back, they rejoice how they made it through the tough times and gave God the glory.
Let’s seek God’s will, pray earnestly, and listen for the footsteps of the heavenly army.