“‘And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!’” (1 Samuel 17:47, NLT).
Back in the old days of David and Goliath, the only way to win a battle was with superior weapons and stronger warriors. No one expected little David to have any chance against the giant, who could have swatted him away as if he were a pesky insect. But thanks to a little help from God, he bested the big man with only a rock and a slingshot.
Things have changed a bit since then. Countries still need strong soldiers but now we have smart weapons and drones. You could say David’s slingshot was a smart weapon. He knew he was much weaker than his opponent and couldn’t rely on his own strength, so he trusted in his smart, strong God. The battle was over in seconds. We too are weak in the face of our battles, trials and problems but we have a smart weapon, available at all times—the God who rescues us, not with sword and spear, but with the power of the Holy Spirit and a loving, strong right arm.