Sunday Rest and Reflection–Handling Goliath
Greetings in the Wonderful Name of the Lord! Heaven and earth rejoice in His Glory! His Spirit hovers over the earth and the hearts of His own to impart life and grace. He rules in truth and justice! He shows mercy to those who call on Him and punishes the wicked. He jealously guards over his own Bride, the Church, providing for her every need and preparing Her for eternity with Him! What awesome thoughts to ponder on this day of rest and reflection!
Yet as God’s people gather today to worship, study and fellowship, many huddle in fear because of some haunting, taunting giant in their lives! The army of Israel was paralyzed for 40 days by Goliath, the Philistine giant. He taunted them daily to send out a man! The biggest man they had was their king, Saul. (This was at least true until David came on the scene!) The whole army was paralyzed because of walking by sight and the resulting intimidation.
Today is a day to live by faith! Faith is what brought David the courage to step up and fight the giant. Goliath’s size, strength, and armament was not the main consideration. His 9 foot six frame would come crashing down in David’s way of looking at this problem. The 15 pound spear-head would be useless against the Name of his God! David had tackled the lion and the bear with the same faith and they fell easily! What could this uncircumcised Philistine do to him? God’s honor and reputation were being mocked and God would use David, a man of courage and faith, to deal a death blow to this mocking giant!
If you are facing a giant who is mocking you and your God today, why not handle the giant like David did! He rejected Saul’s armor because it just did not fit either him or the situation. He knelt at the brook–humbly seeking God’s favor and direction. He selected the five smooth stones and got out the weapon he’d been using, his sling. He went running toward the battle, coming in the Name of his God! He did his part and God did the rest! Down came the giant and off came his head! A whole nation was motivated to faith and victory by the faith of one with courage to act! Go in the strength you have and topple your giant! May God bless you today with joy and peace in believing! Love, Pastor John