TUESDAY, JULY 13
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’S REPUTATION
One of the powerful figures in Wall Street fell in love with an actress. For many months, he was always seen escorting her about in the fashionable circles of town. Deciding to marry her, he first put a private detective to the job of looking into her former dealings and friends in order to guard himself against any rash mistake. At last he received his agent’s report. “Miss Blank enjoys an excellent reputation. Her past is spotless. Her associates have been above reproach. The only breath of scandal is that, in recent months, she has been much seen in the company of a business man of doubtful reputation.” (Davon Huss)
God’s reputation was the main motivator in David choosing to face Goliath. To Saul and his soldiers, God was an absentee— a name, but little else. They believed that He had done great things for His people in the past, and that at some future time, in the days of the Messiah, He might be expected to do great things again; but no one thought of Him as present. David believed God was the “living God of the armies of Israel.” God wasn’t just great in the past or someday in the future but He is great today.
The story of David and Goliath would not be a good illustration for a self-help book, because David did not seek to improve his own predicament. David did not act for his own benefit, or even for the benefit of his family, but he acted in defense of God’s honor. When God is our motivation it changes our perspective on life and the battles we face. When was the last time you spoke up or acted out of concern for God’s reputation?
Praise God for His amazing reputation. Thank Him for being the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow.