MONDAY, JULY 12
But David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a saber, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1 Samuel 17:45 (NASB)
THE HERO: GOD, NOT DAVID
Winston Churchill was probably speaking prophetically of the United States of America when he said, “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you may have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.”
In 1 Samuel 17, the nation of Israel refused to fight for what was right out of fear of the giant Goliath. However, David comes from tending sheep and takes on the giant. It’s easy to think that David is the hero of this story but David makes it clear he is not the hero. David clearly says, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of armies.” Coming “in the name of the Lord” means he is coming by the authority and power of God. Israel compared themselves to Goliath and David compared God to Goliath.
Cole emphasized on Sunday that God is the hero of this battle. Mother Theresa once said, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” You don’t have to be bigger than the battles you face. You simply have to make sure they are the battles God wants you to fight and He will do the fighting for you. Are any battles you are currently facing the ones God has told you to fight?
Praise God for His authority and power that David claimed when He fought Goliath. Ask God to give you great faith in His great ability.