I’ve spent the past two months developing and teaching Bible study curriculum about the names of God. My oh my, what a fascinating and faith-building journey.
I’m wrapping up the study with Jehovah Sabaoth. Simply put, this name tells us that God is the Lord of hosts—the Commander-in-Chief over millions of angels, armies of men, and the heavenly host (sun, moon, and stars).
David used it when he confronted Goliath. “David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.’” (1 Samuel 17:45 NLT)
Understanding God’s power and authority as revealed in “Jehovah Sabaoth” gave the shepherd boy combat confidence that the Israelite soldiers lacked.
David refused to wear the king’s armor and carry his sword for self-defense. Instead, he armed himself with a shepherd’s staff, a sling, and five smooth stones. Talk about defying human logic!
As the sneer-faced giant strode toward him yelling curses, David shouted, “Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:46-48 NLT)
Goliath loomed large, but David refused to retreat. Instead, he ran toward the giant, hurled the infamous stone, and toppled him.
We’ve all faced giants in the past year.
Uncertainty, fear, financial struggles, and relationship issues loom large and cast a shadow over our lives. We can either let them intimidate us, or we can choose to believe and live from the truth that the Lord of heaven’s armies rescues His people. Often He uses strategies that defy logic, and faith calls us to trust His wisdom and timing.
When we say our battles belong to the Lord, this doesn’t mean we sit idly by and wait for Him to do it all. It means we take appropriate action and trust His power and sovereignty for the outcome. David killed the Philistine, but God conquered him. (1 Samuel 17:46, 1 Samuel 17:50).
So be encouraged, my friend.
You may be facing a giant today, but know that the Lord of heaven’s armies is on your side. Take action to topple it, and God will conquer it.