2018-11-26 - Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk
Goliath went out and shouted to the army of Israel: Why are you lining up for battle? I’m the best soldier in our army, and all of you are in Saul’s army. Choose your best soldier to come out and fight me! If he can kill me, our people will be your slaves. But if I kill him, your people will be our slaves. Here and now I challenge Israel’s whole army! Choose someone to fight me! (1 Samuel 17:8-10 CEV)
Sheepherder David wasn't a fighter in King Saul's army, but became one while visiting his soldier brothers. David heard Goliath's boastful challenge (See in above Bible verses.). He accepted giant Goliath's dare. David's older brothers thought David versus Goliath was a bad idea. King Saul didn't want David to fight, but the boy stood his ground and faced off against Goliath, the 9-feet-tall hero of the Philistine's army.
When Goliath saw that David was just a healthy, good-looking boy, he made fun of him. “Do you think I’m a dog?” Goliath asked. “Is that why you’ve come after me with a stick?” He cursed David in the name of the Philistine gods and shouted, “Come on! When I’m finished with you, I’ll feed you to the birds and wild animals!” David answered: You’ve come out to fight me with a sword and a spear and a dagger. But I’ve come out to fight you in the name of the Lord All-Powerful. He is the God of Israel’s army, and you have insulted him too! Today the Lord will help me defeat you. I’ll knock you down and cut off your head, and I’ll feed the bodies of the other Philistine soldiers to the birds and wild animals. Then the whole world will know that Israel has a real God. Everybody here will see that the Lord doesn’t need swords or spears to save his people. The Lord always wins his battles, and he will help us defeat you. (1 Samuel 17:42-48 CEV)
Despite all preconceived notions, David was successful, and defeated rugged and confident Goliath. David kept his faith in God. He looked at God's supernatural abilities, rather than listening to man's advice.
Even well-meaning people may try to sidetrack our faith. Our job is to look at God, and not the mountain facing you and me.
Lord, May I not back down, regarding my belief in You. In the name of Jesus', Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.