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Monday, February 16, 2009


This past fall I was so busy I neglected to get a flu shot. I simply put it off until I had more time and more time never came around. I thought to myself, 'oh well, I haven't had the flu in about ten years. DUH...it's because I always got a flu shot! Now it is too late! sniff, sniff, shudder, cough! How long does it take for the flu run it's course?

Lately I've been reading the Old Testament. I just finished with the story of David and Goliath in 1Sam17. I love that story! Mostly, I love the fact that God uses every-day, ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary. He did it in Biblical times and He does it to this day.
1Sam 16:7(b) "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

The Philistines had gathered their forces and their secret weapon was a giant and an impressive giant at that! Bedecked with bronze armor and a huge javelin...Anyone would be frighted.

While the forces of Israel were hunkered down, Goliath came out and taunted them...this went on forty days...every morning and evening...come out and line up for battle, are you not Saul's forces....OK, pick one man, send him to do battle with me and if he wins, our people will be subject to your people.

Now, the most logical course of action would be to take the one person who was the best trained, most proved warrior in all of Israel, the one person who has a long list of accomplishments. I am sure there were many among the ranks however, they were afraid as well. 1Sam 17:11 "On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and the Israelites were dismayed and terrified."

Along comes little David...his main job was tending his father's sheep, but he had also entered into the service of Saul as an armor bearer. Down in verse 32 David tells Saul don't let your men lose heart over this guy...I'll go down and fight him. Can't you imagine Saul's response? You are just a kid...this Goliath of Gath has been a fighting man since he was young. You can't fight him. So David sets out to prove he should at least get a shot at this fight by telling Saul how he rescued his father's sheep from bears and lions.

1Sam 17:37 "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."

How could Saul argue with that? David's faith in his deliverance from the giant by the Lord was so strong no one could go against it, not even a king. Saul said to David, 'go, and the Lord be with you.' We all know what happened next...a sling shot, five smooth stones in a pouch...one well aimed, guided by the hand of the Lord, stone and down came the giant.

Was it only David's faith in the Lord that set him apart from Saul and his army? Dare I say, no? God had prepared David for this moment...from David's experience with the bear and the lion he was confident that God would deliver him from Goliath. However, faith and preparation were not enough to accomplish this mission. David had to be willing to step forward... to take action!

What began like any other day in the ordinary life of a boy was about to change his life...and the lives of those around him. He was ready, he was willing, and God was able... What about you? How are you doing in "giant country?" Are you cowering like the army of Israel afraid to face the giants in your life or will you step boldly out on faith, willing to be used, to make a difference in the lives of others...willing to accept the difference being used by God will make in your life?


  1. I love the bold affirmation of David's faith in God in 1 Samuel 17:37,' The Lord delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.' I have my verse of the day to meditate on and apply to my life. Thanks Theresa

  2. I like the fact David said "...and this uncircumcised Philiatine". Just what we need to say to satan any time he raises his ugly, toothless self in our face. We truly need to know who we are in Christ and stand upon THAT TRUTH.

  3. David's faith in taking on Goliath is such an example to us...he ran toward his opponent armed, just as we need to be armed with the Word of God. Great post.

  4. That was a great post! We as Christ professing believers do need to have more courage when facing our Giants (real or imagined). Thank you for the lesson. I will treasure His words in my heart. God bless you dear Theresa for letting Him use you today. Yours In Christ ♥ ∞

  5. Hey Sis,
    ((((Hugz)))) I pray you are feeling better, now that I'm reading your post I too have not gotten my flu shots oops I need to do it asasp, I hope you had fun filled Valentines day filles with all the Love your heart could ever contain!!!

    Luv Ya Lorie

  6. I loved your post today. I wrote about the very same passage today and my sister Mildred just sent me over to read yours. God is so good.

  7. What a wonderful, inspiring post! All the troubles facing this country seem overwhelming just now--but the story of David and Goliath reminds me that we mustn't worry about the size of the adversary. God is always bigger!

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    Deanna from the Kansas Flinthills


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