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The Lord Can Save By Many – Or By Few…

October 21, 2018


In my current daily Bible readings the Lord has spoken to me three times about a certain serious situation that I am praying about. The first reading was in Judges 7v7 where I read: “And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Mid-i-a-nites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.” We have here the well know story of how Gideon’s army was whittled down and how they fought against the vast armies of the Mid-i-a-nites and the A-mal-ek-ites, “like grasshoppers for multitude.” But the Lord was with Gideon and his army and so they won the day.

Days later I had moved on to 1Samuel 14v6 where Jonathan says: “it may be that the Lord will work for us; for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.” In this account Jonathan (without telling his father Saul) decides to attack the garrison of the Philistines, with his young armour bearer. In this chapter I am very aware of Jonathan’s courage and faith – and the fact that Saul lacks faith and is harsh with his people, denying them sustenance as they go into battle. But ultimately, because of only the young man Jonathan setting out in faith we learn that “the Lord saved Israel that day.” (1Samuel 14v23) This was a miracle given that in those days “there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears: But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.” (1Samuel 13v19&20) Therefore, we see the crazy situation where Israel is depending on the enemy for proper weapons… but the Lord overruled for He was with Jonathan and his young armour bearer.

A short time later I am reading the words of David to Goliath, the giant Philistine in 1Samuel 17v47: “And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.” We learn that “when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.” (1Samuel 17v51) Again, against seemingly impossible odds, a young boy wins the day because the Lord is with him.

Throughout scriptures we see that the Lord will choose the few, the humble, the youngest, the least, the smallest… to triumph in battles and conflicts, for He wants men not to glory in men – but to give God the glory. This can be seen in our personal lives too, in the days in which we live. Imagine a situation where someone who has been diagnosed with something which requires aggressive treatment discovers that he or she is reacting badly to every treatment given… so much so that the medical professionals involved, puzzled, cannot continue with the treatment plan. To believe that the Lord can overrule in this situation – and save by the least or the minimum is easier said than done…. Yet we walk each day by faith in the knowledge that He, our loving Creator, has known it all from the beginning to the end, long before we ever walked this earth.

David the shepherd, warrior, psalmist, musician and king later declared: “the righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” (Psalm 34v17)

Today we can be assured as we face our own “giants,” that if the Lord of Gideon, Jonathan, Samuel and David is our Lord, then He is with us in our battles. And when He is with us, all things will work together for our good for us.  “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye,” He says. (Psalm 32v8)

“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee,” (Psalm 43v1&2)

Praise God… “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Se-lah.” (Psalm 46v11)

The Faith Mission Convention, Durrow 2013 – and David and Goliath!

September 7, 2013


At the recent Faith Mission Convention in Durrow I was interested to learn that the above models of ‘David and Goliath’ won a prize in a local competition. Goliath, it has been said, was around ten foot tall, while David was just a youth, considerably less in stature. What a formidable sight Goliath would have seemed to the average person! But young David was not an average person, in spiritual terms, for he saw beyond the mere mortal man who stood before him. Boldly he confronted Goliath with these words: “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” (1Samuel 17v45)

In many ways these are formidable days, too, in which we live. In 1Peter 5v8 we are advised to “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.”

As David resisted Goliath, he did not put his trust in the weapons of this world – but rather his confidence was rooted in deep personal faith in the Lord God of Israel.

At the sight of these models of David and Goliath, I was reminded of a little poem which I wrote a long time ago now. This was based on the words of Moses in Exodus 14v14: “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace;” David’s words in 1Samuel 17v47: “And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord, and he will give you unto our hands;” The words of Jahaziel in 2Chronicles 20v15…”for the battle is not yours, but God’s;” David’s words in Psalm 20v7: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of Lord our God;” in Isaiah 54v17 we learn that “no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”

Finally, I base the little verse on these words from 1Corinthians 1v27-31… “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

As we go into battle resisting the wiles of the evil one, we must put on the whole armour of God, (Ephesians 6v13) “that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…”

Surely the strongest, most seemingly confident person in the world has lost the battle already if he is not clad with the spiritual armour that counts?



If The Battle Is The Lord’s…?


If the battle is the Lord’s

Then what have we to fear?

Cast off thine heavy armour-

He saveth not with sword or spear!


The Lord shall fight for you,

And ye shall hold your peace,

Though chariots pursue

And enemies increase!


For He hath chosen the weak,

And that which men despise,

To bring to naught the mighty,

To confound the great and wise!


© Elizabeth Burke.