Monday, February 21, 2011

Slaying Giants - Entry 13

“And he took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine.”

David chose resources with which he was familiar. These resources would appear unimpressive and insufficient for the task ahead but we must recall that David had placed his trust in the power and presence of the God he served. Here we have another case of “both / and”. We must equip and familiarize ourselves with resources associated with the arena in which we operate while trusting that the God who can feed over five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mt.14:17), the God who increases the resources in our possession, will show Himself strong on our behalf (2 Chron.16:9). David then took action by approaching Goliath. This was bold, active, aggressive behavior. I have observed that some Christians foster and assumption that there is something spiritually admirable about being passive, that it is somehow associated with holiness. It is generally confused with the idea of waiting on the Lord. As well, it is fed by certain theological assumptions about the nature of sovereignty (a topic I will not currently approach). I would encourage the approach of actively seeking God’s guidance and actively obeying God’s objective and subjective revelation. This is not to say that there are not times of rest and “inactivity” of sorts. God is a good Father to His children. As we serve Him as an expression of love and trust, we can trust that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. He is a good Father whose servants have “more than enough bread” (Lk.15:17). A final comment on approaching Goliath will position us for y next blog entry. This bold endeavor opened David to considerable slander and insult from his opponent. Are we ready to face the giants of our culture that are holding massive sectors of society in captivity?

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