Brother Jeff's Message
For forty days he thundered his challenge. “Whoop me and we’ll serve you but if I whoop you – you’ll serve us! Send me someone to fight!” Clearly that is a paraphrase but you get the message. He was six cubits and a span, well over 9 feet tall. His suit of armor weigh at least 125 pounds, maybe more, depending on your conversion factors. He was a big strong man who could fight. He was a Philistine champion and the army of Israel was scared. Not one man in the whole Israelite army would answer the challenge. Not one soldier could envision defeating this giant of a man. The sight was too much. He was too big; to mighty; too confident. For forty days they got up and lined up “in battle array shouting the war cry” only to look upon the champion Goliath and be defeated by their perception.
First there was Saul; head and shoulders above the crowd, a man who, by all appearances, had it all – except self-esteem. Then there was the selection of a new king and the revelation that God looks isn’t looking at the outside but what is in the heart. Both stories demonstrate the necessity of developing character and integrity rather than gaining the approval, acceptance and recognition of man. Now the eyes fool us again. This time the eyes do not tempt us to fit in or be like o-r peers. This time they offer no hope; an impossible situation with no way out. “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Yet how often do our eyes keep us from challenging the giants in our lives? David is described as a man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22) and readily accepted Goliath’s challenge; a challenge not of their manliness or fighting skills, but a challenge of their faith in the one they called God. When we arise in the morning, pray to God, in a sense shouting our battle cry, how do we then approach the Goliath in our life? The reality is Goliath stood between where Israel was and where they could be if they trusted in God. Where is your faith? Do you trust God to see you through your encounter with the giant? David did not go before Goliath unprepared. He stopped at the brook and picked up five choice stones. This Sunday we will take a look at David’s arsenal of stones as he faced his giant. You know the story and he only needed one stone - but he chose five. I pray we may be able to learn together from the story of David how to face the giants in our lives that keep us from living as God wants us to live and we too can “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).