Tuesday’s Torch 562
November 19, 2019
I would like to start this message by quoting a Casting Crowns song, some of the words of “Voice of Truth” are as follows:
“Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand”
The obvious reference of course to young David standing before the giant Goliath. It was a phenomenal moment of faith and trusting in God. But I would like to focus on a very important aspect of this battle: the preparation of David for this moment. This isn’t a young man that just randomly decided one day that he would trust God to help him win this battle and went out there hoping God would help him.
David was prepared. David had developed the habit of trusting in God. David had already defended his flocks as a shepherd. In 1 Samuel 17 David describes having killed both a lion and a bear. And he had this to say of his upcoming battle with Goliath:
“The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.”
After this the king armed David with the strongest armor they had and with a sword. David said no. He couldn’t fight with all that because he hadn’t prepared with all of that. He wasn’t familiar with it and couldn’t do what he knew he was capable of and what the Lord had prepared him for. So yes, he went out with five smooth stones from the creek bed and his sling. And with the Lord on his side he killed the giant to protect his people, and to honor his God. He was prepared, and he had already shown his devotion to trust in the Lord many times before this fight.
Back into the song was this description: “But the giant’s calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. “Boy you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win!”
You know at this point I definitely can say I’ve felt that mocking. Because I have failed, as all of us have. Some of us more spectacularly than others. But is it a lack of faith? Is it a lack of Gods ability to help us win battles? No. I lost many a battle because unlike young David I wasn’t prepared, and I was improperly protected. The tools I had at my disposal were insufficient for the battles I lost, or I just wasn’t accustomed to them the way I could have been. But never again brothers and sisters. You nor I ever have to let that mocking of the adversary bring us down.
Let us all have faith, and let us all work at developing all of the Christlike attributes that will help us be ready for our next battle. That way when the adversary tries to point out our past failures we can point out that we know God is with us. We can point to the lions and bears in our lives that we have already slain. We can fall back on and rely on the weapons that we have developed to fight any of our weaknesses or temptations.
We can and will win as we prepare in the Lords way. Seek out whatever help you need to defeat your own personal demons. So that when you face the Goliath in your life next, you will know that you can and absolutely must rise up and win. Prepare for it now. Don’t wait. And when that time comes, we will be ready. And as it states in Romans 8:37, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Our Father in Heaven loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to this world for each of us. To be our savior and to make all things possible to each of us. And as we read the scriptures and pray and ponder, we can listen to that voice of truth. The voice of a kind and wise and loving Heavenly Father, and we can “choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.” In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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