Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-19:17; Psalm 59; 1 Samuel 19:18-24
I have written four times about men, who when confronted with a challenge to do something for God they doubt their calling. They hem and haw and give reasons why they shouldn’t trust God’s ability to pick them as a tool in God’s plan.
Today, we meet the Anti-Ja-Ja-Maar Man. Here we meet a man who not only doesn’t turn away from a challenge. But he actively looks for ways to be used by God. He looks for ways that he can depend upon God’s power to accomplish great and mighty things.
In yesterday’s reading we met David, the youngest boy in a shepherd family. He was chosen by God as Israel’s next king. He was anointed with oil by Samuel. Only problem was, Saul was still king.
Today’s story is one of the most famous stories from the Old Testament. Every child in every Sunday School class learns the story of the boy who with five small stones was able to take down the giant Goliath. How did David say he was going to do this?
I Samuel 17:45 – 47 (NLT)
45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 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!”
David says that the it is the Lord’s battle. It is the Lord that is doing the work. David is just an agent of the Lord’s will. David is allowing the Lord to use him. You can sense it so strongly, that David is not only allowing to be used of the Lord, but that he is forcing the issue. It is as if David is saying “Lord, here I am, use me.”
How often to you and I step and say, “Lord, here I am, use me.” Too often we are the ones who say “I can’t speak well” Or “there are scary people in the land you promised us.” Or we are the ones who have to lay out fleeces two times to confirm God’s plan for us while we are hiding in the baggage.
Let’s follow David’s example and lets jump up and shout “Lord, here I am, use me to knock down your enemies with five smooth stones”.