Reflections From The Bible And Life

Victory Over Devastation, Destruction and Death

2 Samuel 1:1-27; Psalm 80:2-7; Mark 3:20-21

We have a rich history of true life stories about war, from World War 1 to 2. War has always resulted in devastation, death, and destruction of properties and lives, and has brought scars to those who survived it. The agony lingers on though generations. No matter how noble your intentions are, nobody wins in a war, unless the Lord sees greatness and goodness in one’s intention.

In the biblical times, David, just like Saul (before he Saul became selfish and protective of his position), were anointed by God to save the Israelites (the chosen ones) from harm. David, of pure heart and love for God, was the only brave soul who stood to defend God and went against Goliath, who was threatening and blaspheming against God, and who represented the Israelites’ oppressor, the Philistines (Palestinians, as we call now). With such great faith in God and with his great love for God, he was able to defeat Goliath. With Saul, while Saul’s intentions remained pure and he expressed love for God by wanting to protect the Israelites, he had God’s graces, and won every battle. In the end, he attempted and planned may ways to have David killed out of envy and fear of losing his throne to him. He became selfish and his intentions were selfish. When David and his army of supporters separated from him and the Palestinians fought against him and his army, he was killed in the battle together with his son.

David, who remained pure and loyal to God, loved and respected Saul and his family very much, despite Saul’s grown hatred of him when the latter was still alive. When he heard from a foreigner saying that he killed Saul upon Saul’s request, he had that foreigner killed as well. A foreigner killing God’s anointed one for His people was an insult to God for him, and hurt him deeply. He saw just that the foreigner suffered the same fate for his actions. God saw the goodness and the justness so He allowed it to happen.

These were the some of the holy wars of the Old Testament. People during those days didn’t know God as well as we do, that’s why the way they did things were way different back in those days, as compared to today. War can be now be symbolized as our trials nowadays.

Nowadays, war as taken into context from the biblical times, is not the answer to anything. We can do things in a more civilized way, and as long as we can do things in a loving way, we should stick to it. God will not grant favor to anyone engaging in war anymore. Peace is the answer. Nowadays, we should treat everybody as the chosen ones, as we have learned that we are all chosen by God as Christianity has spread worldwide in accordance to Jesus’ wishes. Therefore we should treat one another with respect and love.

In times of trials and uncertainties, we should pray to God for guidance and help, just like David and Saul did when they were alive. With God on our side and with the Holy Spirit filled in our hearts, we will be able to overcome any obstacles, weather any storm. Just like David defeating Goliath, the Lord will move mountains for us as long as we do remain true to Him, and have faith in Him.

I want to share with you the lyrics of a song taken from the prayer that St. Francis of Assisi taught us:

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love,
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness – only light,
And where there’s sadness, ever joy

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all men that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life

With this song, we can sing it to remind us to live our life the way God wants us to live, and not the way we want to live, and to serve Him and not ourselves. With the proper attitude, we can have victory over devastation, destruction and death of our souls.


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