“Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.” Psalm 144:1-2 (NIV)
Moments of crisis tend to bring out different sides of people, but they usually fall into a fight or flight response. If there is danger or uncertainty, some people automatically run away from the problem. Others tend to run to face the challenge.
David was accustomed to facing and fighting battles. He was a great warrior who led the Israelites to victory against their enemies many times. Yet, he understood the training that takes place to prepare for battle. He knew that you have to train, be equipped, and fight in order to win. In the same way, we face battles emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Our first prayer is usually, “God, remove this battle that is in front of me.” We have the option to fight, but we usually run the other direction. But, as we face battles, maybe God is in the process of training our hands for battle in order to bring about a victory in our lives. Whether you are facing a grim doctor’s report, an estranged family member, or struggling with depression, God is able to equip you to fight that battle and be victorious for His glory. We do not have to run away in fear, but we can be confident that the God of the universe is our Rock. He holds the victory. Next time you have the option of fight or flight, ask God to continue to equip and strengthen you for battle so you can bring glory to His name.