Monday, February 14, 2011
Child Like Faith
Let me back up a little. Goliath from the Philistine army was taunting the Israel army and suggesting a contest between individual warriors on behalf of the armies. He thought that he had the upper hand because of his size. The Israel army was greatly afraid and fled from him. Goliath did this every morning and every night for 40 days. There was a valley between both armies. One day David was delivering supplies to his brothers, when he heard Goliath's words taunting them.
David began to ask, "Who is this Philistine that taunts the armies of the living God?" David was asking everyone this question, including his brothers. His oldest brother got angry with David and David said, "What have I done now? Was it not just a question?" Somebody went and told Saul about David's questions. (Wow, a grown man told on a kid?) Saul was David's master during this time and he told David that he was just a youth while Goliath had been a warrior from his youth. David told Saul, "I, your servant has killed both a lion and a bear; and this Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul told David, "Go, and may the Lord be with you."
Goliath rose and began to walk toward David, but David ran quickly TOWARD the battle line to meet the giant. Obviously, the valley was still between them. David took a stone from his bag, slung it, and struck Goliath on his forehead. The stone sank into his head so that he fell on his face to the ground. David didn't have his own sword, so he stood over Goliath, drew his sword out of its sheath, killed him and cut off his head with it. (Hold up. Did he just cut Goliath's head off with his own sword? Yep!)
You see, David's faith in God is what gave him the courage and strength to conquer a giant. We have many giants in our lives such as finances, illness or unruly people that we have to deal with daily. Our faith in God will allow us to do what seems to be impossible. Like a child trusts their own parents, we should apply our trust in God our Father in every situation, big or small just like David did. God will always give you the tools you need.