Thursday, August 6, 2015

David and Goliath

The Old Testament is full of many wonderful stories for us to read and to learn from. It was written for our knowledge and it can teach us so much about life if we allow it too.

In 1 Samuel 17 you can read about David and Goliath. The Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. The two armies faced each other, camped for battle on opposite sides of a steep valley. A Philistine giant measuring over nine feet tall and wearing full armor came out each day for forty days, mocking and challenging the Israelites to fight. His name was Goliath. Saul, the King of Israel, and the whole army were terrified of Goliath.
While there, David heard Goliath shouting his daily defiance and he saw the great fear stirred within the men of Israel. David responded, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?"
David decided to fight Goliath.

David said to the Philistine, "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, whom you have defied ... today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air ... and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel ... it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."
 
As Goliath moved in for the kill, David reached into his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath's head. Finding a hole in the armor, the stone sank into the giant's forehead and he fell face down on the ground. David then took Goliath's sword, killed him and then cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. So the Israelites pursued, chasing and killing them and plundering their camp.

David's faith in God caused him to look at Goliath from a different perspective.  If we look at our huge problems that we have in life like David did from God's perspective, we will realize that God will fight for us and with us. When we put things in proper perspective, we see them more clearly.

When Goliath was scaring everyone else, David didn't run scared, he ran to the battle. He knew the action that needed to be taken care of.

My boys and I are David and autism is our Goliath. Yes, we could have done nothing and just ran scared after both of their diagnosis but I didn't. I told "Goliath" that I was fighting him with every ounce that I had in me. God would not want me to do nothing. This is just one example of how we should fight our "Goliaths" in life. It is no pleasurable to God to sit and do nothing against your "Goliaths".
Fight your battle people!!! Don't be afraid and put your faith in the Lord! You can do anything when you trust God. Anything and it feels amazing!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Everyone is fighting a battle! Autism (or whatever your particular "Goliath" might be) is NO MATCH for the power of God's love for us!

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