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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.

On the Winning Team

Being totally non-athletic, I have painful memories of being the last chosen whenever teams were picked for recess softball games.  But one ironic incident stands out in my mind.  On this day, the teacher of my one-room rural Nebraska elementary school (yes, grades K-8 taught by one teacher) asked me and another student to choose up sides.  Wow, this was my big chance to be on the winning side!  I did my best to choose the bigger kids who did well in sports.  But to my chagrin I found out, after the teams were chosen, that this was not for an athletic competition.  It was a contest to see who could eat the healthiest breakfasts for the next week! 

The book of Daniel is still on my mind.  God humiliated and defeated proud kings, and they had to admit that God’s kingdom is the only one that will never be destroyed; His rule will never end (see 4:34-37 & 6:26-27). Though it may look like evil is surely winning, we know the end of the story.  And I’m happy to know that I’m on the winning team.  My Champion is in the wings, coaching us players through long, wearying plays.  But I can hardly wait until he finally bursts out onto the playing field, single-handedly blows away his enemies and wins the ultimate victory!  Won’t that be the day!  So let’s hang in there.  It will be worth it.  And what a victory celebration is being prepared for us—out of this world!

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