“David said to Saul, ‘Your Majesty, no one should be afraid of this Philistine! I will go and fight him.’ ‘No,’ answered Saul. ‘How could you fight him? You’re just a boy, and he has been a soldier all his life!’” 1 Sam. 17:32-33 (NIV)
The excuses against tackling something twice our size are always numerous. Because doing the impossible is not feasible by our own strength, we look at things from our own weakened perspective. Our thinking becomes, why do something hard when there is always an easier, even more comfortable route? So we go in search for something that doesn’t require the faith to trust in the power of God. Just like the Israelites, we often run away when God calls us to trust Him while raising support.
I love what David says to Saul, “Your Majesty, no one should be afraid of this Philistine!” He tells it like it is and exhibits a childlike faith in God’s power that the adults couldn’t seem to grasp in their fear. Then David went beyond just these words as he put his faith into action to face the giant—an act that no one else dared to do. He prepared by gathering stones, endured the taunts from both sides, and stood his ground when in the battle. In the end Goliath fell to a young, inexperienced boy.
So often we read stories like this, but do nothing to apply this truth to our current faith. Through this we know that God conquers the impossible for us, yet we still shake in fear when it comes to asking people to join God in His work. Sometimes we even feel defeated when we become so strapped into our own agendas that we miss seeing God show up in unexpected ways. I’m sure the Israelites weren’t expecting a kid to be used to show God’s strength. However, God still conquered the impossible in the end.
God asks for our obedience to show Himself strong. So, “People, no one should be afraid of this support-raising journey!”
- What excuses have you been making on the support-raising journey that hinder seeing God at work in the process?
- What steps do you need to take to conquer the giant God has set before you?