Break the Bow

“He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.” (Psalm 46:9)

Recently, I was becoming upset and discouraged over something that I had no power to change.

You know what I mean …

You start down the road of “what if this” and “what if that”?

As I was wrestling with the situation I felt the Lord say, “He breaketh the bow.”

At first, I didn’t know what that meant so I did some digging.

The Hebrew word for bow in Psalm 46 refers to a bow that is used for war and is a symbol of strength and power. To “break the bow” means to put the enemy into submission.

According to Clark’s commentary, “He breaketh the bow” also implies that God “has rendered useless all the implements of war; and so profound and secure is the general tranquility, that the bow may be safely broken, the spear snapped asunder, and the chariot burnt in the fire.”

The Lord showed me that I was only viewing the situation through practical, fleshly eyes and just asking Him to fix it. I came to understand that my battle was not “against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12)

The enemy’s plan was to discourage and beat me down. I realized that whatever the Lord was doing in my life, the “situation” was not the key element. It really could have been any “situation.” I have a God who already defeated the enemy so I reminded our enemy that the bow has been broken. He has no power.  

I chose to focus on the safety and tranquility of the Lord’s presence. His omnipresence means that there is no place where God’s knowledge and power do not extend. So I can rest in Him because He has my back.

I would love to say that the Lord has totally resolved the “situation.”  I realized that when I started to focus on the “bow has been broken” the “situation” really didn’t matter anymore. Yes, something still needs to change, but I will leave that in the Lord’s capable hand.

What more could we ask for?

~ Marianne

2 responses

  1. “I know the plans He has for me…” but not rhe specific plans “which will give me a hope and a future.” Occasionally, the Lord’s plans may even include tribulations in the short term. Nevertheless, we should always rejoice in the warmth of His love and caring.


  2. Beautifully written Marianne, when we come to the realization that the enemy is defeated we can rest in the victory instead of wrestling with our flesh or looking for answers to our problems outside of God’s perfect design.


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