As the chronicler writes about King David’s defeating his many enemies, he inserts a crucial sentence. 1 Chronicles 18:13 says, “And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went.” The chronicler rightly acknowledged that it was the LORD who granted David victories, a fact that (it’s safe to say) David joyfully and readily confesses today.
In the same way that David really has no room to boast on himself for his military victories, neither do we as Christians fighting a spiritual war have room for boasting on ourselves. Any time we’d boast on ourselves, here are a few humbling verses to remember:
Jesus says in John 15:5, “apart from me you can do nothing“.
Paul writes in Philippians 2:13, “it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.“
He also writes in 2 Corinthians 10:17, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.“
Don’t be mistaken–these verses aren’t saying, “Let go and let God”. We are to actively seek to obey Jesus. We are to make war on our sin. But when we do obey, when we win those battles, may we remember that it is the LORD who gives us victory wherever we go.
- Psalm 17
- Genesis 18:1-15
- 1 Chronicles 18-20
- Luke 11:1-36