No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, says the LORD.
I have a friend who carries a concealed weapon pretty much all the time and we got into a conversation last night about leaving his gun at home for 24 hours. He is a careful, cautious young person and his family is used to carrying guns. His grandfather is a gunsmith. They reload their own bullets and support the right to “bear arms”. He has been so helpful the last few months to teach us about guns and ammo after I got my conceal to carry license.
We live about 40 miles from any civilization and really carry guns because of the 4-legged trespassers than the 2-legged ones. He and I got in a discussion about what would happen if he forgot his gun for 24 hours. I say this, one, because I forgot my purse at Starbucks last month and my gun and phone were in it. I was so concerned someone would find it and misuse it.
He said he had forgotten his for a few hours the other day and he did panic about how he would protect he and his mother if someone accosted them. I said, “if we are believers then shouldn’t we be just as comfortable without a gun as with one?” He said, he hadn’t really thought about it in spiritual terms.
A long discussion continued between us as I said that in the “church”, I found many who said the Word of God wasn’t always applicable to this generation or that particular parts are for the chosen ones. As if in Christ there are chosen and unchosen ones. We all exist and live because of covenants made with God by those who came before and by the One who laid down his life. My friend and I discussed the scene in the garden of Gethsemane where Yeshua heals the ear of a soldier after Peter slashes it off. We agreed that wisdom in this generation prompts us to be aware of our surroundings with shootings and violence here in America and abroad.
If any of you haven’t seen “China Cry”, you should. It speaks to the miraculous hand of God moving even in modern times. There are many other examples, but it’s a good one.
Do we really believe our God is still there and active in our lives? Do we ask Him permission for the big things as well as the small? Do we hear Him? So Friday, my friend will travel without his gun and no music…just waiting and listening to see what God has in store. We’ll see what happens.
So in reference to the above Scripture…if we are without physical weapons or strength, will His Word be true? Is it true when He says not by power of might but by my Spirit says the Lord. Our battles are never really flesh and blood are they? So if we do not sharpen our sword of Truth, is it really God’s fault or ours for not trusting and believing when the test comes? What do you think? Better yet, what do you do?