FRIDAY, JULY 16
“and that this entire assembly may know that the Lord does not save by sword or by spear;
for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will hand you over to us!”
1 Samuel 17:46 (NASB)
THE HERO: GOD WINS
Vernon Grounds tells of an incident that happened while he was in seminary. Since the school had no gymnasium, he and his friends played basketball in a nearby public school. Nearby, an elderly janitor waited patiently until the seminarians finished playing. Invariably, he sat there reading his Bible. One day my friend asked him what he was reading. The man answered, “The book of Revelation.” Surprised, my friend asked if he understood it. “Oh, yes,” the man assured him. “I understand it.” “What does it mean?” Quietly the janitor answered, It means that Jesus is gonna win.” Grounds concludes, “That’s the best commentary I have ever heard on that book. Jesus is going to win. That’s the Biblical mind-set.” (Source unknown).
David knew God was going to win. David knew God was going to save them and He wouldn’t need a sword or spear to do it. Goliath was a giant from Gath. One man imagined while he was attending Gath High School
they won the state 5-A basketball championship every year he was there. He got a scholarship to Ekron University and they went to the final four in the NCAA every year. He was so strong. His playing weight was 350 pounds and he was 9’9” with a 3-inch clearance, between the top of his head and the rim. He was drafted by the NBA, and played for the Philistine Flyers until the time for battle came along and then he went into the military. He became a military hero. But Goliath’s massive spear, javelin, and shield were no match for David’s God.
Gene Getz points out, “In summary, Goliath’s perspective represents a man of this world. He knew nothing of trusting God and honoring Him with his life. His confidence was purely in himself, in his military skills, and in his protective armor. He did not comprehend, or at least refused to acknowledge, the only true God. And all of this, of course, made him extremely vulnerable.” You may not be a giant but if you leave God out of your life you are just as vulnerable. Surrender to Jesus today and become a part of His victorious family.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Let this be your prayer of praise today.