WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30
As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright.
1 Samuel 17:24 (NLT2)
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.
1 Samuel 17:48 (NLT2)
WILL I RUN TO MY GOD-GIVEN BURDEN?
Hours behind the runner in front of him, the last marathoner finally entered the Olympic stadium. By that time, the drama of the day’s events was almost over and most of the spectators had gone home. This athlete’s story however was still being played out. Limping into the arena, the Tanzanian runner showed pain with every step, his knee bleeding and bandaged from an earlier fall. His ragged appearance immediately caught the attention of the remaining crowd, who cheered him on to the finish line. Why did he stay in the race? What made him endure his injuries to the end? When asked these questions later, he replied, “My country did not send me 7000 miles to start the race. They sent me 7000 miles to finish the race.” (Swindoll)
In 1 Samuel 17, the children of Israel started the preparation for the fight of faith but they didn’t finish the fight of faith. David, on the other hand, finished the fight with Goliath. The Isrealites ran away from the problem but David ran toward the problem.
We all have a choice to make when it comes to making a difference when we sense a spiritual need. We can choose to run away from the need or we can choose to run toward the need and do something about it. Someone said, “Leadership is a great burden. We grow weary of it at times…But if we are not to shoulder the burdens of leadership in the free world, then who will? The alternatives are neither pleasant nor acceptable.”
Thank God for promising to give us the strength we need when we choose to go where He tells us to go.