Victory Is Mine
Day: 39 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel
Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 8
2 Samuel 8:14b (NIV) “The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.”
David has finally been named king of all Israel (2 Samuel 5) and the ark of the covenant has been returned to Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 6) Truly it’s a day to celebrate for God’s people and God’s chosen leader. But David had more battles to fight. Just because our wait is over doesn’t mean our battles have ended.
With all his power and authority, David set out to reclaim what the enemies had taken. To the east David subdued the Moabites, to the north the Arameans and Syrians, to the south the Edomites and finally to the west the Philistines.
God gave David victory in every battle. He subdued the enemies of Israel and set up garrisons in the neighboring nations to ensure security for God’s people. Finally, no one could oppress God’s people. But military success is only part of leadership and national security. David demonstrated his ability and readiness to be king by setting up an administration that would serve him and the nation well.
It’s easy to feel powerless and war-torn when it seems we continue to face one battle after another. David remained faithful to God, and God showed Himself faithful to David. Israel’s new king trusted God for victory and so can we.
Throughout Scripture we have reminders that our victory comes from the Lord. If you are feeling beaten down, take some times to write down and remind yourself of these truths.
- “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4b).
- “Everyone born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4a).
- “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:56-57).
Prayer: Oh, sweet Jesus, I can taste the victory You have waiting for me, but there’s still a part of me that fears failing. Grant me the patience needed to experience complete victory. Quicken Your Spirit, my Blessed Reminder, to hold fast to these truths. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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