Saturday, 16 January 2016

The Day of the Giant

“The battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hand”
                                                                            (1 Samuel 17:47)

It was from across the Valley of Elah – which tourists can visit today – that Goliath, the bronze bomber of Gath, presented to God’s people what amounted ultimately to a spiritual challenge.  Had Israel got a champion who could match this walking arsenal?  Groan!  There was no one….

The entrance of David – the home-based food carrier to his brothers on the front line – tells us that it only takes one adventurous person of obedient faith to halt the decline in a bad situation.  This is a story of:

1. PREPARED FAITH.  David’s offer to fight the giant sprang not from a self-promoting conceit, but from long experience with his sling in the open country, where he had learnt to defend his father’s sheep from every kind of adversity.  And – just as you may need two serves when playing tennis – David selected five stones from the brook – just in case!

2. INFECTIOUS FAITH.  Positive and negative attitudes stood in contrast that day.  The Israelites looked at Goliath and said, “He’s so big – we can’t face him!”  David’s attitude was, “He’s so big – I can’t miss him!”  David was a symbol for his people that day.  The nation never forgot him.

3. EVERYDAY FAITH.   Here’s the kind of faith which colours all Christian history.  Resources may not be big – BUT!  Moses had only a stick, Jacob had only a stone – and David had only a catapult and a pebble.  Yet, as has been said before: one - with God - is a majority.

Here’s a resolve: “Let me choose my company: I’d rather be WRONG with David – or the prophet Daniel, the apostle Paul or Mother Theresa, than be RIGHT with Goliath, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod or King John!