“So the LORD preserved David wherever he went. And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. Also from Tibhath and from Chun, cities of Hadadezer, David brought a large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze Sea*, the pillars, and the articles of bronze.”
We often think that when we stand toe to toe against a snarling enemy, something has gone dreadfully wrong- that we are ill-favored because we face lack, or difficulty, or opposition.
But look back at the Temple; at that great metal laver that was beaten from the bronze of beaten foes. In it’s depths, every holy priest was cleansed, and every sacrifice first sanctified. Past struggles formed future praise. Moments that stood on a knife’s edge garnered the gold that graced the pillars and lifted the roof. When we find ourselves in desperate battles, where we see only loss, what does God see? If a man fights in Faith, then God sees future plunder. Human eyes see only blood and broken bones, but Jesus sees the implements of ministry, a bronze bowl in which His glory shines, gold that will be raised imperishable.
no foes fought- no sacred objects to offer
In Unseen places, we are digging holy ore in our battles. As God sees fit, He permits the forces of evil to be pitted against the soft soil of His children so that fine beauty can be dug by the spade of their faith. There’s no other way. Gold doesn’t sit on the surface. It’s only in the cleaving of the soil that it’s mined.
So, when the fight shows up on the door step, may we grab our swords and go to swinging- unafraid, and undimmed, knowing that each skirmish is perfect: purposeful, and holy ordained.
“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” 1 Peter 1:6-7
*The Bronze Sea was a tremendous bronze basin- 15 feet in diameter, 45 feet in circumference, over seven feet high. It stood in the Temple between porch and altar. In it, the priests were washed, and the sacrifices cleansed. source