In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17
Work And Prepare For Victory
Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
1 Samuel 17:49-50
When it comes to competitive sports, the teams that are focused and train hard will have an advantage over those who do not train and prepare for the competition; the result is victory for those who have prepared well.
Similarly, our faith needs to be exercised, kept alive and active if we desire to see the Lord move on our behalf. We cannot assume that God will give us the victory if our faith is inactive; it would be pure foolishness to stand before the enemy without arming ourselves with the shield of faith.
When David confronted Goliath, he was fully prepared because his faith in God assured him of victory. He also had to prepare himself with the armour that he was comfortable with; instead of trying to wear Saul’s armour, he chose five smooth stones from the brook and used his sling to defeat the giant.
The enemy may belittle our faith and our talents just as Goliath ridiculed David, but if we move on and persevere, the Lord will give us the victory. He will not want us to use another person’s talents or armour but as we exercise the faith and the gifts that He has bestowed upon us, we will find that His grace is sufficient for what He has called us to do.
I thank You for this day; help me to be prepared for the battle so that I will be equipped to defeat the enemy with the talents that You have given me. Amen.
Theo and Manju