Today’s Scripture: 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. 1 Samuel 17:47

He was the tallest man in Israel. He was the best-looking man in Israel. He was the best soldier in Israel. But when the going got tough and the enemy was at the border, King Saul was nowhere to be found.

He was the incredible shrinking leader. Why did Saul fail? Not because he didn’t have enough men or wasn’t trained properly; not because the enemy was too large and the problem too hard.

Saul failed because Saul made every battle his battle. Every war his war. Every enemy his enemy. Fearing failure, he ran from every problem instead of diving in head-on, seeking God’s advice, and trusting God for the outcome.

Often, so do we—we shrink from the fight because we rely on our own strength and quickly realize we are outmatched, outwitted, and outgunned. But the battle isn’t ours, it’s God’s. We don’t have to be afraid of new challenges at work, conflicts at home, and burdens in the ministry. We don’t have to run in fear because God can empower us in the fight.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder