Thursday, May 15, 2008

Are You Crazy?

I can imagine more than one time someone said to David as he was about to face Goliath... "Are you crazy?"

You're too little.
He's too big.
You don't have the right equipment.
You don't have the right game plan.
You don't have experience in war

And yet David said that God had something to prove in all this. Two things actually...
1 Samuel 17:46b And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand.” 48 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.

This is the ultimate underdog story, but really it wasn't a fair fight. It was God's glory versus the pride of Goliath. God wins.

(I'm still figuring this out, but there is something about God acting when His reputation and His name are at stake. Where might God's name have great impact today? More on this to come.)

What I love about this story is it reminds us to be creative and to let God use the strengths that he gave us. David couldn't use the king's gear. He used his trusty sling. I don't have to do ministry the way that everyone else does. I have to do it the way that God wants me to do it. That is very encouraging to me.

This story once again reminds me that the battle is the Lord's and He will prevail. Look at how the author makes a special note... There was no sword in the hand of David... He wanted to make absolutely clear to everyone that this was the Lord's battle.

Lord, please let my life bring more glory to Your Name.

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