Sure, everyone knows the story of David and Goliath. Tiny midget slays huge giant. In my head that’s how I picture it. David, who was part of the cartoon strip “The Littles” throws a tiny pebble, somehow hitting the weak part of Goliath’s head and causing a cranial hemorrhage. Then, tiny David travels a day up on top of Goliath where he proclaims his victory. Small defeats large. The little man CAN win.
But, today I was reading it, and I was struck by how David — in 1 Samuel 17 (our church uses the King James Version) let’s everyone know WHY he can do it:
33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a ayouth, and he a man of war from his youth.
34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37 David said moreover, The Lord that adelivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will bdeliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.
38 ¶ And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
God has always saved me, and he will save me again this time — because he is fighting for the “Army of the Living God”. That time where God had saved them was probably a really important moment for David — a time where he KNEW that God had helped him. We all have those times…
He was fighting God’s fight (which is says more eloquently further into the chapter).
We are all fighting the good fight, at least we think we are. First, I guess we must figure out if we’re fighting the good fight, if what we’re doing is what God would have us do.
And once we have that answer, God will shield us and help us become triumphant.
SO often I doubt. It’s easy for me to see how God has saved those around me. My friend Lara sometimes talks about their financial issues as a teacher and her trying to stay at home as much as possible. I always remind her that they ALWAYS make it through. God provides. I watch her from many states away and know that God always does provide for them, but I’m not in their trench… it’s easier to see the view from California to Michigan.
We’re in our own trench right now. It’s nothing awful but I do get cancelled a lot at work. I, being me, worry a lot about dipping into our savings too much or us not being able to reach financial goals.
But, it’s not the financial goals that we’re fighting for. Sure, they are steps of safety along the way, but our family goal is to ‘Have a Happy Eternal Family.” Not to be rich, not to never have to tighten the purse strings, not to live extravagantly….
We will fight the fight of overcoming the world with great kids. We will use our pebbles and our slingshot and surprise the world that we can do it. I also know that God will provide when we need it. He has done so in the past, just like he did with David.
And might I remind you that a slingshot and some pebbles is far cheaper than a sword.
I also know after writing this I will suffer an appliance loss… because I always do. Dang you Satan.