A Man of Integrity
We are twice armed if we fight with faith. – Plato
Verse: 1 Samuel 17:40-47
40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield-bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
45 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. 46 This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that 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.”
In one of the Charlie Brown comic strips, Linus and Charlie Brown were having one of their conversations. Linus says, “I don’t like to face problems head on. I think the best way to solve problems is to avoid them. In fact, this is a distinct philosophy of mine. No problem is so big or complicated that it can’t be run away from!”
We think sometimes that the solution to a problem is running away from it or denying it. We’re scared in facing problems because sometimes, there are hindrances (giants) that will intimidate us and we think that we’re so small and limited that we can’t handle it.
And if we look at David, he was still a little boy who guarded his father’s sheep against a very big and imposing giant. David had all the odds against him. There wasn’t a guy in the Philistine Camp who would have bet on David. But david didn’t need their backing. All he need was God – no other.
And that’s one of our major battles when we face giants – intimidation. When they intimidate us we get tongue-tied. Our thoughts get confused. We forget to pray. We focus on the odds against us. We think that we can’t handle it because we’re too small. Limited. We forget that we have a God that said that he will never leave us or forsaken us.
That’s the secret of David. He’s eyes weren’t on the giant. He’s eyes were fixed on God. With his confidence in God he said,”All those gathered here will know that 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.” (1 Samuel 17:47)
We can’t go to battle on our own. And we can’t run away or hide from it. Maybe we’re smart and try to plan something to win the battle but we really can’t. Only God can. We must put our faith in God coz it’s His battle.
Great Days with the Great Lives by Charles Swindoll
Facing Problems, http://storiesforpreaching.com/facing-problems/