The statement “God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers” is not in the Bible and its origin is unknown. However, it’s a great statement as it demonstrates how God takes care of his children by ensuring they are only faced with challenges that they can deal with. As someone once put it, God won’t send you o a rough terrain without some tough boots.
Does God really give his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers?
Yes, he Does. Not only does God know our capacity but he also prepares us in advance as a way of equipping us for battle. Furthermore, God will always provide a way of escape to ensure his soldiers do not despair in the heat of battle.
Reasons why God gives tough battles to strong soldiers
God knows your capacity
One of the Proverbs of Solomon says; “If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10). This proverb means that we have different capacities. Some will stand strong no matter the adversity while some will despair at the slightest hint of adversity. Thankfully, God knows your capacity and as such, he will shield you from battles you cannot handle.
The story of Job is a great illustration of how God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. In the first chapter of the Book of Job, God is seen bragging about Job to Satan. In a nutshell, he tells satan that Job will not give up on him no matter the kind of temptations or challenges he faces. Satan takes the bait and hurls attack after attack against Job. By the time the devil is done with him, Job has lost all his property, children, and servants, as well as the respect of his wife. But in all this, Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing (Job 1:22). Eventually, God intervened and not only restored everything Job lost but also added more than he had lost.
God trains you in advance
Another illustration of how God uses his strongest soldiers for his toughest battles is recorded in the book of Samuel 17. Goliath had challenged Israel to bring one soldier that was bold enough to fight with him before their nation while he represented his. Seeing that he was a giant, none of the Israelites volunteered. After days of mocking Israel and thumping his chest, David appeared on the scene. When he heard what was going on, he readily volunteered to fight the giant.
David paled in comparison to Goliath. Not only did he lack military experience but he was also too tiny to face such a huge adversary. Some people laughed at him and some, including his brothers, tried to talk him out of it. But David knew something no one else knew – he had faced opponents that were just as ferocious before. While taking care of his father’s sheep he fought with a bear and lion. In both instances, he had won the battle and rescued his father’s sheep from the jaws of death. These were like the trail runs in preparation for the duel at hand. So David faced the giant without any fear or doubt and he won the fight for Israel.
The story of David and Goliath is a reminder that God will always prepare you in advance before he allows you to face a giant. The preparation may be tough but when it is totally worth it because it will help you to have an easy win against an enemy that others consider unbeatable.
God will provide a way of escape
It is not always rosy and cozy on the battlefield. Sometimes, the battle will prove stronger than you had anticipated. Even the strongest of soldiers can get overwhelmed. But in such a scenario, we can take comfort in the fact that God always provides a way of escape. In the words of Scripture;
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Cor. 10:13
Paul was speaking as a man who had seen it all. He had been shipwrecked severally, stoned and left for dead, abandoned with friends and colleagues, and other kinds of challenges. One of the lessons he took away from every challenge and temptation he faced was how God always provided a way of escape to ensure his servants do not succumb to the temptation.
For instance, when Elijah despaired and ministry and asked God to kill him, God took him into the wilderness where he got nourished spiritually and physically. After he got back to himself, he returned to the city to complete his assignment after which God took him as he had earlier requested.
The story of Elijah demonstrates how God’s grace is always sufficient even when the going gets tough. It also shows how God always has a way of escaping every temptation that comes to our war. Just like Elijah demonstrated, sometimes it is okay to retreat from the battle. The Psalmist echoes this in the following verse:
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; Psalms 34:19
To put it in our context, the strong soldier can be overwhelmed by attacks but God will always have a way of escape for him.
So in summary, it is true that God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. This means that if you seem to be going through more challenges than your friends, it is an indication that you are strong enough to take it. Also, just as we see in the book of Job, even when the devil seems to be winning, you will eventually emerge victorious – if you hold on long enough and refuse to quit just as Job demonstrated.