Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Slaying Giants - Entry 10

Using the historical account recorded in 1 Samuel 17 as a metaphor for the cultural battles raging in the nations we next read, “…David said, ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’”

This would seem to be key. Our ultimate reliance must be upon God and His resources. This does not exclude proper training and preparation. This is not to be seen as a passive reliance upon supernatural, miraculous intervention. This is likely another occasion of Both And, and / or, Either Or. We are not moving to an Either Or extreme in either direction. We do not solely rely on human preparation without power from on high, nor do we avoid training, learning, thinking, preparing and obedient action, relying only upon miraculous intervention. In some measure, reliance upon God involves engaging in efforts encouraged or commanded in His Word. As we study and train to become equipped, putting on the armor of God, as we go forth to advance the kingdom of God, we trust that He is present, operating in ways that are greater than our ways but do not purely exclude, overlook or excuse our ways. Notice that David had previously acted to protect the flock entrusted to him from “the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear”. Let’s attempt to appreciate the balance we see in this and similar statements. David did not “sit back” and wait for God to deliver the sheep from the lion and the bear, he did not anticipate God defeating Goliath, he trusted that as he went forth to do what was needed and what was right, God would deliver him from the lion, the bear and from Goliath.

"But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, in order that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the lion’s mouth. The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen." (2 Ti.4:17-18)

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