David bent down at the brook where the water churned. He chose five smooth stones and placed them in his shepherd’s pouch.
He gathered his staff and walked past King Saul without saying a word.
As he marched along the silent row of Hebrew soldiers laughter grew on the Philistine side of the valley. Silence fell as he turned and walked slowly toward Goliath.
Goliath approached from the Philistine camp. He was not smiling. “What am I a dog that you come out here with your stick for me to fetch? This an insult. Why hasn’t a real man come out from your people? It doesn’t matter. I’ll make quick work of you and the birds will eat your flesh soon?”
David kept his gaze fixed as he placed the loose end of his sling between his fingers and thumb. “You come at me with your weapons I can see, but, I come to you in the name of the Living God whom you defied. Your carcass will feed a lot more birds than mine would have. Then, I’ll add your friends to the feast. Then the whole world will know that Israel’s God is real and powerful.”
Goliath pushed his armor bearer aside as he ran toward David. “Come here you scrawny runt. By Dagon I’ll tear you apart with my bare hands.”
David tossed his staff aside as he reached in his bag and pulled out a stone while running at his adversary. He set it in his sling and twirled it hard. “You’re wasting your breath you oaf…”
David looked at the string still in his hand because he knew he planned on one more revolution before he released it. His sling now hung in two pieces. He looked up as the stone sank into Goliath’s forehead.
He heard the giant’s last breath leave his lungs as he fell. The whole valley shook from the impact. When the dust settled David pulled Goliath’s sword out of its scabbard with both hands. He lifted it up and severed the head from the body.
As David raised the sword over his head with one hand a cheer grew from Israel’s side of the valley. The sound from their enemy was that of feet hitting the ground. David led the charge as the slaughter commenced.
How does God go about turning a shepherd boy into a king? Step 4: He has him win a battle in front of the army that he has no way of winning in his own strength.
This battle was at a stalemate before David showed up and followed the promptings of God’s Spirit on his heart. He knew this war wasn’t about who could beat this large Philistine. No, he saw it for what it was. This battle was about taking a stand for God because that was who Goliath was defying.
Somebody had to step up and be the instrument of change in this instance. David saw that he was that man this time. And his life would never be the same because of it.
I believe God could have taken that stone from the brook and sent it sailing at Goliath at any time without any human intervention. But, that’s not His mode of operation. No, God chooses to use people to accomplish His work.
How do I know? Just ask anybody who has come to faith in Jesus Christ. There was a person involved in that process, usually more than one.
An act of kindness or word of encouragement likely moved someone to make the ultimate decision in their life for God. The Holy Spirit moved inside that heart to give the faith involved for that decision, but, something from someone started the process.
Some of you are wondering where God was during the Boston Marathon bombings. Why didn’t He stop that from happening?
First: God gives everybody the choice to follow good or evil. It’s a freedom He granted to the very first two people He created.
Second: He likely did stop the third bomb from going off. We quickly lose sight of that fact when we see the disaster left from the other two bombs.
Third: God was there!
God was there in the runners whose focus quickly changed from crossing the finish line to helping the injured in any way they could.
God was there in the first responders who left the tents set up for failing runners to stop the death toll from being much worse than it was.
God was there in the out-pouring of compassion people gave to anyone who needed housing while their loved ones were in the hospital for care.
God was there in anyone who gave blood for the wounded. Especially those who had never given before. He broke their hearts to make a difference.
You see, God makes His presence known through people. He chooses to use us to get His work done.
Where have you allowed God to use you? Whose life have you stepped into to make a difference? What compassion have you given to another weary traveler on this hard road we call life?
God longs to use you, my friend. But, He’ll give you the choice to remain focused on your own selfish ambitions or to step out of your comfort zone to make a change for the better in someone else’s life.
You feel His tug on your heart from time to time, or, at least, you used to. Pray for His leading in your life, again. Look for times you can be an agent of change for the better. Seek out the hurting, the wounded, and the weary as you walk this dusty road.
You likely won’t lead a nation as David did. But, the life you help change could become an eternal brother or sister in Christ. You’ll have all of eternity future to remember the time you stepped out and made a difference.
You won’t regret it. Take a stand. Make a change.
I’ll see you later. Wade