“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands… 1 Samuel 17: 45-46
Where are the warriors?
Where are the young boys who so believe in God that they would stare down the mighty giants in our land, unafraid? Where are they, and where are we? In our faith journey, I mean?
Are we young Davids, newly arrived at the hillside battle and confused about what is going on with the enemy in the valley below?
Are we hopeful Davids, listening as a promise is made to reward anyone brave enough to step forward and fight for their Lord?
Are we Davids who dream of victory as we search the creek bed for five perfect stones?
Have we truly peeled off the heavy armor of this world (an armor that “might” protect us in a pinch, but is no way assured), or are we Davids who prefer to don a cloak of grace and a yoke that is light?
Which David are you?
David went to the battle young, inexperienced, minimized, and uninformed. He left as one acclaimed, honored, esteemed, and rewarded. How did that happen? What made the difference?
The secret to David’s success was belief in action!
Ask yourself this: Do I believe that God can take the little resources I have and use them to accomplish giant-sized victories in my life?
If you do, its time to act.
Today, let’s show up, size up our opponent from God’s perspective, and make sure our giants know we serve the God of sling shots and smooth rocks.
No longer afraid, we proclaim: Our God reigns!
Father, help us to fear nothing today so much as space between you and us as we face the mocking, jeering, and faithless giants of our land. May You receive honor and glory and praise as we set about the battle. Watch over us, we pray. Amen.