Monday, April 27, 2009

Run Toward Goliath!

“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 17:47

These are the last words Goliath ever heard on this earth. Verses 48-49 describe the attack David made on Goliath.

“When Goliath started forward, David ran toward him. He put a rock in his sling and swung the sling around by its straps. When he let go of one strap, the rock flew out and hit Goliath on the forehead. It cracked his skull, and he fell face down on the ground.”

God used the weapon of a shepherd boy to bring down a giant. This story has always been an inspiration to men and women who face overwhelming odds. David was the ultimate underdog. He had no chance against Goliath.

So when the giant fell to the earth because of one small stone which hit the precise spot to crack his skull and bring him crashing down, everyone knew that God’s power was at work through David!

The Old Testament records many instances of God fighting with his people and defeating their enemies, but the David and Goliath story stands out above the rest. David was praised after the incident but God was glorified. It was the overwhelming odds that made the difference.

So you want to give glory to God. The best way to glorify God is to allow Him to send you out to face a Goliath. We have come to equate glorifying with “singing.” But when you say “glorify the Lord” in song you are simply encouraging others to “glorify the Lord.” Actually glorifying the Lord puts Him in a position for others to see how great He is. The way to do that is to walk right up to your Goliath and challenge him to his face in the name of the Lord!

The thought is terrifying. The reaction of Goliath is brutal. Goliath will tell me that I am doomed, I won’t live through the day, it’s all over, and I might as well give up and die. But just like David all I must do is pick up one of my small stones and “take my best shot.” Leave the rest to God.

Will my stone always kill Goliath? The answer is no. Will Goliath kill me? Yes, that may happen, but only if God’s glory will be better served by my martyrdom than by a victory over Goliath.

Actually, David did not walk up to Goliath. The Bible says he ran toward him. Most people run away from their Goliath. If you want to be a man or woman of faith, RUN TOWARD GOLIATH!

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