Don’t Back Down   1 comment


David killing Goliath

By Lori Rodeheaver

The people of God are at a standstill.  Their army is gathered.  Their weapons are drawn.  Their battle is waiting.  Why, then, is there no progress?  What’s the hold-up on this show-down?

When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. ~1 Samuel 17:11

God’s people were dismayed.  They were greatly afraid.  Here they stood, dressed for war, crippled by the fear of one big bully.

Day after day, Goliath repeats his challenge.  Every morning and every night for forty days and forty nights, Goliath taunts the people of God.

We’re not talking about a few church mice, here.  Here stood an entire army cowering at the threats of one arrogant man.  One.  And the bully stood in front of an army this army had just beaten.

At first glance, this conundrum doesn’t even make sense.  Like, come on guys, there’s 10,000 of you and one of him…pounce on the predator and pulverize him.

We know it really isn’t that simple, though, is it?  As I wrote yesterday, this enemy was huge.  He was well-protected.  He was proud.  There would be consequences for standing up to the likes of him.

This is precisely what we do, too.  We, too, allow one temptation; one sin; one familiar Enemy to paralyze us and render us powerless in the service of God.  We stand, quaking in fear and taking his abuse day after day after day.  We forget that there’s an entire army standing shoulder to shoulder with us.  We refuse to stand up and fight for fear of uncomfortable consequences.  We let the bully taunt us and we stand defeated without even drawing our sword.

Religious or not, apart from Christ, that’s exactly where we all stand – or should I say, stand still.  But the Savior comes just in time to deliver us from evil.

So David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, and took the things and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the camp as the army was going out to the fight and shouting for the battle. 21 For Israel and the Philistines had drawn up in battle array, army against army. 22 And David left his supplies in the hand of the supply keeper, ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers.23 Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words. So David heard them…Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”…Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” ~1 Samuel 17:20-23, 26, 28-29

We all know how the story ends.  But these verses tell us why it ends with the underdog slaying the beast.  The reasons are thus:

David obeyed his father.  David provided for his brothers.  David ran fearlessly to the front lines of the battle.  David heard the oppressor’s voice and he questioned the authority of he who would usurp God’s authority.

And his brother was mad.  His brother was jealous.  His brother painted him as irresponsible and immature.  But David dismisses his unfounded charges with wisdom and authority, too.

David delivered those who could not deliver themselves.  Christ delivers those who cannot deliver themselves.   Put away your fear and trust in Him.

Don’t stand around in your fatigues when the Enemy taunts and tempts you.  Obey your Father.  Run to battle.  Defend God’s authority in the face of the Enemy’s lies.  No matter who gets mad, keep marching forward.  You are a soldier.  Get behind your Deliverer and draw your sword.

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