Today's guest post is from Kim of Not Consumed. Kim has a heart to encourage women to walk victoriously through the fire. ...
Day after day they were taunted by a 9' tall animal of a man. He stood on the hillside covered in armor and hurled insults at the army. He defied their God. But the people cowered. They were greatly afraid and dismayed. (1 Sam 17:11)
By this point, they had very little faith and even less dignity.
In struts a ruddy young lad who changes everything. "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” he asks with blazon confidence (1 Sam 17:36). Fully prepared to stand up against this bully himself, David declares that the battle belongs to the Lord. He shouts truth over Goliath without an ounce of wavering fear.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands... 1 Sam 17:45-46
All the while, the surrounding people mock him. His brother, Eliab, the armies, and Saul all tell him that he is completely nuts for even thinking that he could do something about their despairing situation. The Israelites had grown cold and no longer believed God. They couldn't fathom David's faith.
But David is steadfast. He remembers what God has done for him in the past and he boldly declares God's victory over this menacing giant.
I find myself standing there in that valley often. God has given me victory, but do I claim it like David did?
I hear God whisper his prompting in my ear, but I hesitate. People will think I'm crazy if I do that, God.
My heart sinks deep as I accept that His calling is hard. It's the path less traveled. The one that requires a laying down of all of myself.
Believing God is radical, even to my Christian friends. I think that He might or He could, but it's much harder to think that He WILL. Instead of praying with David-like confidence I find myself giving God backup plans. You know, just in case he doesn't like the first one.
Or worse, I pull a "Sarah" and help him out by intervening in the circumstances myself (Genesis 16).
But God does not need my back up plans. He doesn't need me to help Him out. God has not changed (Heb 13:8). He still keep his promises (Psalm 105:8). He needs me to obey. To have faith. To drown out the voices telling me how crazy I am and hear the voice of Truth.
I pick up that stone and refuse to lose faith that God alone is sovereign. He WILL do what He said He would do because He is who He says He is.
He desires radical life-changing faith. The kind where I pick up a stone and sling it at a 9' tall giant. In complete and total faith...without concern for how crazy it might seem.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6
How do you hold fast to God's promises when you face giants?