1 Samuel: 41-47
With his shield-bearer marching before him, the Philistine advanced closer and closer to David. When he sized David up and saw that he was youthful, ruddy, and handsome in appearance, he began to deride him. He said to David, “Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?” Then the Philistine cursed David by his god and said to him, “Come here to me, and I will feed your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. David answered him: “You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have insulted. Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand; I will strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will feed your dead body and the dead bodies of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field; thus the whole land shall learn that Israel has a God. All this multitude, too, shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves. For the battle belongs to the LORD, who shall deliver you into our hands.”
David’s victory against the Philistine through complete trust in God is an example to the addict of how to defeat the addiction. The Philistine in many ways represents the false Gods we pray to with our addiction. David shows us that defeating our false Gods requires that we call upon the name of the Lord and allow Him to do the work through us. The addiction at times can feel like a Philistine coming at us with a sword and spear to feed our flesh. Our best weapon is to always to admit we are powerless and call upon the name of the Lord. Let us always remember the words of Paul from Ephesians 6 and take up our best battle gear: the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of truth, which is the word of God. This is the only way to win the warfare against our addiction.