I read through the beginning of 1 Chronicles, and didn’t expect to get much out of it except to be fascinated by all the unique names I read. I drifted through several chapters of genealogy when all of a sudden- there it was! A most amazing truth I want to plant my feet on. Capable Warrior… God will fight for you.
18 There were 44,760 capable warriors in the armies of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. They were all skilled in combat and armed with shields, swords, and bows. 19 They waged war against the Hagrites, the Jeturites, the Naphishites, and the Nodabites. 20 They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated. 21 The plunder taken from the Hagrites included 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep and goats, 2,000 donkeys, and 100,000 captives. 22 Many of the Hagrites were killed in the battle because God was fighting against them. The people of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh lived in their land until they were taken into exile.
Check it out! These Warriors were:
- “capable warriors”
- “skilled in combat”
- “armed with shields, swords and bows”
- “they waged war”
To be honest, it is exciting just to read these things about the armies of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. At this point in the narrative I really thought the story was going to be about a strong army that God had made strong. We’ve seen examples of that, right? God gives certain people, or even people groups special abilities and strengths to accomplish His purpose on earth. Samson is one obvious I think of right off the bat. In today’s world, I think of the talents and gifts God has given each one of us.
This army was strong. They had done all that they could do to prepare for battle-trained and skilled at what they did. Of course they were prepared with the tools that they needed for battle, and guess what? They waged war.
Capable Women of God
This is such an example to us. These men were called to be warriors. So they trained for the battle. There is nothing wrong with becoming “capable warriors” ourselves. Sometimes that might mean perfecting that thing-that skill, that specific gifting – that God placed in you. It is good to become equipped for that calling God has given you. And it is good to wage war- to take that first step, and that next step. It is good to take action.
This is true also outside of our specific callings and in a general spiritual sense. It is good to become equipped with God’s word. We must absolutely put on the armor of God. It is good to prepare for the battle on our knees. It is good to take action to become a capable warrior for God.
But guess what?
It is God who wins the battle.
“They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in Him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated.”
“Many of the Hagrites were killed in the battle because God was fighting against them.”
Woah! This is amazing! Are you getting this?? It is God who wins the battle! Let me say that again: IT IS GOD WHO WINS THE BATTLE! It is important for us to be vigilant. It is important for us to train, but at the end of the day, we must trust God to fight for us. This army we read about was very wise. They knew who ultimately held the power. They knew where their help came from, and they trusted God to defeat their enemies.
What about you?
What about you friend? Are you trusting God to fight your battles today? What is your battle story? Dear one, it is good to give your life in service to the Lord. It is good to work hard and perfect the skills He has given you. It is good to prepare for the spiritual battle ahead of you. But at the end of the day, who are you trusting? Because let’s face it: our skills and our spiritual discipline is not what will get us through. Trust God! He will fight for you!