If you read through Samuel with us a while ago, you might remember this post I wrote about the paralleling chapters.
One of my favorite parts of Scripture is in today’s reading:
“When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, go out and attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” 14:15
If you are poised for battle, whether it’s for the good of mankind as a whole, or your own personal trials, God is in the scene too. And not only that, he moves ahead of you and has already defeated the Enemy.
I like imagining how it sounded when David and his men listened eagerly for the sound of God’s army marching above the trees ahead of them.
I listen for it too. When I’m about to take a deep breath and share the gospel with someone. When I’m staring into the face of grief and realize I have to fight for hope. When I’m sizing up a difficult situation and wondering if I’ll be able to scale such a wall. I keep an ear out for God going before me and signaling me that he has gone before me, is fighting the battle with me, and he’s already won.
We are not alone in our battles.
You are not alone.