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The Secret of Courage

We all know about David’s victory over Goliath (1 Samuel chapter 17).  But I am struck with the parallels between this and Jonathan’s daring assault on the Philistines which took place before that (chapter 14).

In both cases, King Saul (Jonathan’s dad) was paralyzed with fear in the face of the threatening Philistine army on one side and his own demoralized and dwindling troops on the other.  Twiddling his thumbs and wringing his hands, he was taken unaware when Jonathan took the initiative in an act of faith.  And it was the same scenario when David appeared on the scene in answer to Goliath’s challenge.

I love their bold statements:

Jonathan (to his armor bearer):  “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans.  Perhaps the LORD will help us, for nothing can hinder the LORD. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!”  (14:6)

David (to Goliath):  “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD … whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head… And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!”  (17:45-47)

The result? 

Jonathan and his companion killed 20 Philistines.  The rest panicked and fled, and God sent an earthquake to further terrorize them.

David killed Goliath.  The whole Philistine army fled and was totally devastated.

Jonathan recognized in David a man who, like him, who was totally sold out to the God who alone is victorious against all odds.  May I follow in their footsteps today, on God’s side and taking each step confident in His guidance, protection, provision and power.

Memorial Day Musings

A few days ago I watched what might be my first-ever Memorial Day parade.  It was pretty solemn at first as the reminders of our heroes passed by—both those who gave their lives for our freedom and those who lived on.  Then the bands came with stirring anthems of the “home of the brave,” “land of the noble free.”  Truly these are beautiful sentiments, but are we brave?  Are we noble?  Do we really value our freedom?  Are we willing to be the kind of people who have the courage and determination to maintain our freedom? 

We are still watching the DVD series on World War II, and I continue to be amazed at the commitment of the commitment of those who fought to maintain and regain freedom for their own loved ones and others.  Would we be willing to pay the cost today, or would we rather give in and be ruled by tyrants?

God have mercy on our nation!  Give us courage and commitment to believe, support, and do what is right and true!

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