Tuesday, October 8, 2013


         One of the best known and favorite Bible stories has to be that of David and Goliath.  Who of us is not  familiar with it?  We get the details in I Samuel 17.  David, a mere boy, takes on a warrior, almost twice his size.  Goliath's armor weighed about as much as David.  The tip of his spear weighed as much as a bowling ball.
Instead of a battle, army versus army, Goliath challenged any one from Israel to come forward ‘one on one,’ winner take all. For forty days, Goliath came out and made his challenge.  When David finally took on that challenge and went out to meet Goliath armed only with a sling, Goliath was quite amused.  Goliath said, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?"  "And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  "Come here, he said, and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field."
Israel's army was afraid to fight Goliath but not David.  David said to Goliath, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, who you have defied.  This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head."  We all know how it ends.  The battle was over quickly.  When the dust cleared, God gave the victory to David.
Every day you are faced with challenges like David.  Those who defy God and challenge your faith are all around you.  It may be your university professor who has made it clear that he thinks your belief in God shows your ignorance.  You will be challenged by those around you who use foul language, read obscene books, use drugs and alcohol and tempt you to do the same.  You will see pre-marital and extra-marital sex defended by your friends.  You will see immoral behavior permitted and promoted on TV, the movies, in music and magazines.
Will you remain silent or speak up?  Will you go along with the crowd when you know it's wrong?  Will you compromise your beliefs so that you don't stand out or make waves?
David stood up to Goliath.  His courage was not based on his marksmanship with a sling.  He trusted in the Lord.  He knew that God would give him the victory.
What will you do?  Why not live for the Lord?  Put your trust in Him.  Live your faith.  Resist temptation.  Fight evil.  Re-focus your priorities.  Commit yourself to the Lord.  He won't let you down!