The past few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster ride. On my wife's side of the family, two family members have passed away, far too young, leaving questions and heartbreak. Then on top of those two losses, other things happened as well, flooding in the apartment, cut backs on hours at work, and more. You know what I'm saying, you're facing similar situations, or have in the past. No family alive hasn't went through problems that seemed to overwhelm them, things happen, tragedy comes. The difference today is how we deal with these trials of life. Thank God we are learning to give thanks in situations, instead of trying to numb ourselves to ease the pain. I also look to His Word for help. And help comes EVERY time, though a psalm, a passage of Paul's writings, a parable of Christ, or like today a story. This is to me, one of the most inspirational stories in the Old Testament, the story of David and Goliath. I don't need to recount the entire story to you, I'm sure you have read it (or watched a pitiful account of the fight in a movie). There are a couple of things that stand out. King Saul told David he was too young and Goliath was too experienced. David didn't have a sword, didn't have a shield, he didn't have armor, and it bothered everyone except David. He was confident...in His God! He told them all how he yanked a sheep out of the mouth of a lion to save it, and killed the lion when it turned on him. He also killed a bear while tending the sheep. And furthermore, this uncircumcised Philistine will be dealt with in the same manner. Here's how David put it, "The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine." Did David pray? No. Did he fast 40 days? No. Did he make a will, call his family to tell them he might no make it? NO! He grabbed 5 stones from the brook and took off to face the giant. When the giant saw David coming, he was mad, their sending this kid? Are you serious? "Hey kid, you're bird food, I'm going to feed you to them."And here in David's response-"you come at me with a sword and a spear, I'm coming at you in the name of the Lord of Host...today The LORD will deliver you to my hands and I WILL strike you down and cut off your head, I WILL feed the carcasses of the Philistine army the birds of the air, and every here will know that it's not by sword or spear that the Lord saves....! Did you get that? He conquered this giant AND his armies in the name of THE LORD. "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.!" Zech.4:6 David was so sure of God that without even an inkling he may lose or that God may not help him, he knew the hand of God was strong to deliver him! And he didn't get into a defensive position, no, he ran right at that old devil, ko'd him with a sling, and whacked off his head, just as he said he would! David wasn't full of fear, he was full of faith! Fill me to God!
So this story I've heard from childhood still has new meaning each time I read it. Now I look, and our problems are just that, giants, I don't have to fear them. When we look to Him, we see that He has never forgot about us, even when we did our own thing and lived outside His grace. He delivers! That giant of sickness...He's bigger! He's bigger than sorrow, He's bigger that financial problems, He's bigger than worries, fear, addictions, or any other giant we face! "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!" 1John 4:4 Now I'm ready for the fight, so come on giants, when I'm weak, He is strong and He's in me! What giants are you facing? He's bigger! Turn to God, get into this story in 1 Sam.17, or find your favorite story or passage. God made sure those stories reached you and I 3000 years later. He wanted you and I to know that he will shut the mouths of lions, deliver from a fiery furnace, bring us out of anything we face, when we turn to Him. Do that today, you will never be the same! Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.