Among Benjamin’s elite troops, 700 were left-handed, and each of them could sling a rock and hit a target within a hairsbreadth without missing.
David picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s [staff] and [sling], he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.
David replied to Goliath, the Philistine Giant, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1 Samuel 17:40, 45
As a baseball scout who values left-handed pitchers, I came across the verse above in the book of Judges. For those of you who are left-handed and read this verse, I am sure you will feel as if God values you just a little bit more than those who are right handed.
All kidding aside…
In life, we will be faced with Giants. It’s not a matter of IF, but WHEN. Physical giants, spiritual giants, emotional giants, grief giants, relational giants, financial giants, health giants, career giants or family giants. The list can be endless.
David was a physical runt. A small teenage boy. However, he had no fear of a nearly ten-foot giant. You see, David trusted in the One true God. His God. Unlike Goliath, who worshiped “small g” gods and who trusted in self.
David didn’t look at the giant standing before him. David looked at his God to deliver him from the giant standing before him. He never wavered. He never faltered. He never made excuses. He believed God would provide the victory over the giant he was about to face.
So I remind you today. No matter what giant you are facing in life or will face in life. Trust God! He is Jehovah Jirah (The God who provides). He is rarely early, never late, but always right on time. Trust Him, not self. He will provide!
Have a good day!
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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