When my husband and I were dating, we went to a large knife store. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the swords and the unique weapons. I loved them! We bought a few, and holding them like I knew what I was doing...I felt powerful.
There are weapons for show and collection, and then there are weapons for use. Have you ever watched as a sword is created from a plain piece of metal? There is heating, and there is hammering. Those beautiful swords are forged in fire, shaped with suffering to be the sharp and shiny pieces of danger that we see.
We have a choice in this war that rages daily in the spiritual realm. We can choose to see the Sword that the Lord has given us as a beautiful collector's piece and place it where everyone can see and admire. Or we can pick it up, learn how to wield it, and do the damage we were intended to do. We can choose to act like we know what we are doing and convince others, yet with our form of godliness denying the true power that we could walk in...or we could truly walk in His power.
Weapons are forged against us consistently, but thank God they don't prosper unless we let them. The enemy's arsenal cannot compare to what the Lord has given us. We have been given the same weapon that the Lord used to defeat the tempter in the wilderness. "It is written..." Do we concentrate on keeping it shiny and pretty, or do we concentrate on making sure it is in our hearts and in our mouths?
Remember, swords are shaped through fire and suffering. Allow the Word within you to be sharpened and polished through whatever you must endure in this life. Cling tightly to it...as it clings tightly to you.
Father, You said that weapons would be formed, but that no weapon formed against Your servants would prosper. Teach us to wield the Sword You have given us, please train our hands for war. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Samuel 23:10