MONDAY, JUNE 28
As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel. As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright.
1 Samuel 17:23-24 (NLT2)
THE GIANT OF COMPLACENCY
According to “Kierkegaard’s Complacent Duck” parable, one spring, a duck was flying north with a flock. In the Danish countryside, that particular duck spotted a barnyard where tame ducks lived. The duck dropped down and he discovered these ducks had wonderful corn to eat. So he stayed for an hour….then for the day….a week then went by and a month. And because the corn and the safe barnyard were so fine, our duck ended up staying the whole summer at that farm. Then one crisp fall day, some wild ducks flew overhead, quacking as they winged their way south. He looked up and heard them — and he was stirred with a strange sense of joy and delight. And then, with all his might he began flapping his wings and rose into the air, planning to join his comrades for the trip south.
But all that corn had made the duck both soft and heavy — and he couldn’t manage to fly any higher than the barn roof. So he dropped back to that barnyard and he said to himself, “Oh well, my life here is safe and the food is good!” After that in the Spring and in the Fall, that duck would hear wild ducks honking as they passed overhead — and for a minute, his eyes would look and gleam — he’d start flapping his wings almost without realizing it…but then a day came, when those others would pass overhead uttering their cry — and the now tame duck would not pay the slightest attention.
Much like the duck in Kierkegard’s parable, the children of Israel had become complacent in dealing with God’s enemies. Complacent means “to be pleased, especially with oneself or one’s merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect.” The children of Israel weren’t happy about the taunts of Goliath but everyday they would just run away and were learning to live with this offensive giant.
Life is filled with attacks on our faith and attacks on things that matter most. It’s easy to get used to the status quo and learn to live with the attacks. Can you think of any areas of your faith where you have grown complacent?
Thank God for the privilege to be a part of His family. Ask God to help you know what battles He wants you to fight and what battles He wants you to leave alone.