These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul’s kingdom over to him, as the Lord had said: 2 Chronicles 12:23
Soldiers in the army are always armed for battle when they are getting ready to go to battle. Each one will have some form of weapon to be used against the enemy. The type of weapon used is always determined by what the enemy has that he will be going up against. Along with the weapons he will also have equipment to protect him from the attacks of the enemy.
The writer of Chronicles begins to list out the number of men that came from each tribe of Israel, armed for battle, to help turn Saul’s kingdom over to David.
Outside of the military, most people are not armed and ready for battle. Many, in some nations, may carry a private weapon, but it is often not the majority, and it is not carried expecting to go into battle. Even less people desire to go into battle at any point in their life.
Although most people will never be in a physical battle with guns and other weapons, every person is in a battle for his soul. Born into sin, every person is at war with God and is on the side of the devil.
Those who have seen Jesus and believed His word have switched sides and are now in army of God and need to be armed for this new battle against the devil and the world.
In order to be armed for this battle, one needs God’s word in his heart as a sword. He needs to be filled with the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. He needs to have his shoes on ready to spread the gospel message. He needs to be protected by the shield of faith in God. He needs to be ready for battle.
You are in a war. Either you are on God’s side or the side of the devil and this world. Both sides have their separate weapons used in battle. This is a spiritual war, not a physical war.
Choose to be on God’s side, the side that will win in the end. Put on His armor and be ready for battle. Be ready to face the enemy and turn people over to the kingdom of God.
Are you ready for battle?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have on the whole armor of God; that you will be ready to do battle for God; that you will take back what the enemy has stolen from God; and that God will remove all fear of the battle.