Even the darkest night submits to dawn.
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Are you facing some serious difficulties today? Are you in a battle? Is there a giant of a problem confronting you and threatening to destroy you? We’ve all been there at one time or another, and that includes our illustrious ancestor King David. I was just skipping along through the Word this morning, and I happened across the passage in 1 Samuel, chapter 17, where David decides to confront Goliath, and I was struck again by the words that came from his mouth when he faced the giant.
Now, to begin with, Goliath had been insulting, not only Israel, but Israel’s God, so he was already in a position of fighting God — and we all know where that leaves him, right? Ultimately, he’s going to lose. But added to that prognosis of his future, is the fact that this man had absolutely no covenant with God. He had no promises to cling to, and no power from the forces of Heaven to fight for him or come to his aid. He was without God and without hope, but he was just too dumb to know that.
That’s what David means in verse 36, when, addressing King Saul, he refers to Goliath as an “uncircumcised Philistine.” Without a covenant with God (evidenced by the act of circumcision), he didn’t stand a chance against a man in covenant with the Creator of the universe. And it was that covenant — that Word from God — that guarantee out of God’s own mouth — that David was counting on when he faced the giant.
Read his words with me: “Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand; and I will smite you, and cut off your head; and I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hand.”
Strong words out of the mouth of a ruddy youth — but definitely not foolish words. They were words backed up by the covenant he knew he had with God and the fact that God had always been faithful to that covenant in the past. David related to Kind Saul the events of his past when he had found it necessary to fight a bear and a lion in order to save his flock of sheep. He slew both of those creatures with the Lord’s help. “Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them.”
What all this talk boils down to is that David knew the Word of God and he knew God wouldn’t fail to keep that Word, so he knew he was more than a match for any enemy that came against him or those in his care. And that’s the position we must be in, saints of God. We must know — KNOW — the Word of God, and we must be absolutely confident that He will never break that Word or act contrary to it. When we do know, we can react exactly as our forefather David did. We can speak the truth of that Word against the enemy and defeat him.
Do you understand that it wasn’t the rock hitting Goliath in his one vulnerable spot that actually defeated him? It was the Word (Covenant) of God — spoken out of the mouth of a man of faith — that carried the real power. In the realm of the spirit, Goliath was already laid out on the ground before David ever wound up his swinging arm. The Word of God had slain that giant. All the rest of the action was just bringing what had already taken place in the spirit realm into the physical.
And notice what David did right after he spoke those words: “When the Philistine came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.” When you know the Word of God, you don’t dilly-dally around the problem. You speak the Word to it, and you run quickly toward the battle line to defeat it.
So whatever problem you’re facing, don’t just sit there and suffer. And don’t try to figure out in your own mind whether you can manage to fight this thing successfully. And don’t just cry out and say, “Oh, God, of you can help me, please help me.” NO. Do what your forefather David did. Find out what God’s Word says about the situation. You may have to dig a little, but isn’t it worth it to come to the place that you don’t have to guess what might happen and what might not? If you can find out what God says about the situation in His Word, then you can KNOW for sure what He intends the outcome to be.
Then start speaking God’s Word out of your mouth to your problem. Hit the problem hard with God’s Word. Picture every scripture as a round smooth stone that you are hurling from your slingshot at the giant in your path. Go after that giant with the word of your own covenant with the Creator of the universe, and watch that enemy fall to the ground defeated.
Several of my creative writing students like to write a lot about the Lord and the things He’s revealed to them in their personal walk of faith. The links below are to poems by two of those writers, published in Debut Writers Journal. I believe my readers here will enjoy them as well. If you do enjoy the poems or are blessed by them, please leave the writers a comment on their individual poem pages to encourage them in their efforts to share the Lord with readers.
This memoir is one of the new entries in the Debut Writers Journal, where many of my creative writing students have their works published. It is a wonderful testimony to God’s care and protection of His children, and I thought my readers here would enjoy it as well.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11: 28 “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. And in Hebrews 4:9, the Lord says, “There remaineth, therefore, a Sabbath rest unto the people of God.” The only true rest comes from the Creator of all things, through His Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Sometimes, we get so busy that we forget to spend time with Him in order to absorb His rest. Hopefully, this series of Sunday posts will help us focus on enjoying that rest He so lovingly wants us to have.
I don’t call “Sabbath Rest” a challenge — rather an INVITATION. If you have a photo, a graphic, a favorite scripture passage, or a short quote that represents REST to you, please share it via this “Sabbath Rest” series.
Here’s How: Simply post your photo or text on your own site; then hop over here to my “Sabbath Rest” post each week and paste the link to yours in the “Comments” box. That’s it. We’ll all get a chance to visit other sites and benefit from the “Rest” offered on each one.
My submission for week 2 is a little chorus the Lord gave me while in His presence one morning.
I rest my soul
In the bosom of the Father.
I rest my soul
Deep within my God.
I rest my soul
In the Maker of creation,
And safe in Him,
(photo: © Kevin Bell: courtesy of beautifulfreepictures.com
I originally wrote this poem on my “In Love With Words” blog as part of a poetry writing assignment in the Writing 201 course WordPress is currently running. The assignment was to write a concrete — or shaped — poem about an animal. The structure of the poem is not supposed to look like a normal poem, but should present a picture of the subject of the poem. So when you scroll down to the poem itself, stand way back, squint one eye, and imagine you see the big flippers of a whale as he goes down into the ocean of words. Then you can enjoy the story.
The poem above has been approved and endorsed by the International Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Pink Whales.
There is but One whose love and help are sure.
Renewed each day as surely as the sun.
Under His wings of grace I find the cure:
Sin and hate, sorrow, sickness – done.
‘Tis Jesus Christ, the sole trustworthy One.
Tiny babe: He took that form in Bethlehem.
Relinquishing Heaven’s privileges, became a man.
Upon Himself, He took my sin and all its curse.
Secure in Love’s omnipotence, He took the cross.
Then surely I can trust myself into His hands.