The Christian life doesn’t get any easier; it just gets better.
Perhaps David’s greatest moment was the slaying of Goliath. It certainly is the most celebrated victory in his illustrious military career. What David didn’t know at the time was, that this triumph wasn’t the end of his battling with giants. In 2 Samuel 21, he almost “bit the dust” at the hands of a giant named Ishbi-benob, but was saved one of the Zeruiah boys, Abishai. An aging King David was then retired to non-contact duties. The relatives of the Goliath continued to fight. We can learn some lessons from these events.
Firstly, one victory doesn’t guarantee another. Whether or not David knew that the brothers and sons of the big fella were going to come for him is not known. They obviously had long memories. As a teenager I once asked a godly man if life got any easier for the believer. His reply? “The Christian life doesn’t get any easier; it just gets better.”
Secondly, there are always different battles to fight. The battles keep coming, the giants keep attacking. Maybe you have won a battle against giant Lust. Don’t worry, there’s Lust’s brothers (Envy, Greed, Laziness and Pride) all waiting for a scrap. One thing is for sure; there’s never a lack of enemies for the child of God!
Thirdly, we need help from others to fight our battles. No believer is a Super Christian. As believers in Jesus Christ we must support those in need, not scald them. We all need help, not criticism. If we are not going through particularly hard battles right now, someone else is. Pray for them, encourage them, love them. Criticism from other sinners is not needed.
“Now we exhort you, brethren … comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
Fourthly, leaders need support. They get old. They get battle weary. They are not invincible. Pastors, preachers, ministers; call them what you like, but every pastor worth his salt is a leader. He is under constant attack from Satan. Realize he is sinful flesh like the rest of us and needs all the help he can get. The burnout/dropout rate among pastors is dreadfully high. We must look after our spiritual leaders even as they look after us.
“…for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief:” (Hebrews 13:17)