DAY 358 OF 365 IN 2021
THE BATTLES WITHIN
2 Samuel 7:1, 2 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.
Today, we read an excerpt about King David, but this story presents an ideal text to contrast to an account of King Nebuchadnezzar. One thing that stands out from the text above is that there can come a time in a person’s life where they have no external battles to fight, a state of absolute rest from external threats. Does this however mean that there are no battles?
One might be happy to think so but that is only a fallacy. The focus of the fighting shifts at that stage from the outside to the inside. This is where the greatest battles one fights is against themselves: ‘our ego and our pride’. We contrast the story of Nebuchadnezzar and David because both men were untouchable from the outside. Nebuchadnezzar had conquered territories and David had been given rest all round.
Thus, the spotlight falls on their internal state of mind when there were no external battles to be fought. Nebuchadnezzar lost to His pride when he spoke thus ‘Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?'( Daniel 4:30) David on the other hand had his eyes still on God.
Beloved, when others appear to have no external battles, don’t get too excited and judgemental for you know not the battles many are fighting from within. It is however those who keep their eyes on the Lord who stand any chance of winning this battle from the inside.