Usan on the East Coast just south of Montrose.
Photography courtesy of Ben Bremner,

David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You give them into my hand?” Then the Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will give them into your hand.”

1 Chronicles 14:10 (NASB)

There are a real group of folk in Scottish society that we name “Weary Wullies” who always look at things on the dark side. Billy Connolly the comedian did a sketch about them confronted with a comment on the lovely weather, to which they replied shaking their head “aye we’ll pay fir this!” Then there are those more malicious enemies who seek to hurt others or even sabotage their good work; as David faced in today’s verse.

In verse 8 of the same chapter on hearing of David’s anointing as King of Israel his enemies the Philistines set out to ruin the celebrations. How true that is still in the Christian walk; there are those who seek to harm the work of God’s people. But we can take heart from the last line of that verse; that David did not fear the Philistines, going out to face them. He faced the Philistines not in his own strength, but in the strength of Almighty God. We too can face our enemies in His strength!

Dear reader, take heart from the example set for us by King David. Faced with those who would do him harm he sought Almighty God at the place of prayer, the throne of His Grace. He doesn’t mince his words but asks two direct questions, now that is how we should pray! The value of plain prayers is seen in that God answered David’s questions, just as directly. Thus, be encouraged brethren; when your enemies seek to hurt you take it to Father God in prayer – He will hear you.

I finished writing this post and turned to my wife Susan for a song suggestion to go with the title, and this is her choice without knowing exactly what I had written!


30 thoughts on “Facing Our Enemies

  1. Reading this just before Dinner tonight, and it is encouraging to remember that God has our enemies in His hands. I shall enjoy dinner with my husband with an inspired spirit, for our enemies are not budging, but God is in control. Thanks Allan

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  2. Hi, Alan, great blog. I’m writing because I haven’t heard from you for a while, and I’m concerned about you. Whilst praying for you just now, I knew I needed to contact you. I’d love to hear how you both are. With love from Ruth xxxxx


  3. Amen! Yes, as the famous song quotes ‘take it to the Lord in prayer”. I have watched some Billy Connolly back in the days, he’s quite funny. God bless brother 😊

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  4. What a lovely song, Susan! Alan, though you wrote this a while ago, God knew this is the message I needed to hear today. It is a reminder to face my enemy in the confidence of Christ. Yehovah bless you both as you minister and serve Him.

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    1. Hi Manette, forgive my tardiness in responding. We are both thankful to you sister, and are pleased that God can use this simple message even after some time. Our Father God is precise in how He guides us to a source of comfort and/or strength. May He continue to guide and bless you each day dear sister.

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