What’s Your Goliath?

10 02 2018

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

 

David faced a giant. Goliath was a career warrior who had been training to fight since he was a child. He was nine feet tall with the strength of a bear. The tip alone, on the spear he carried, weighed 15 pounds. And, his bronze helmet probably weighed as much as the scrawny David. Now, he stepped out onto the battlefield to challenge the Israelites, but, no one would come out to fight him. They knew there was none among them who could defeat this leviathan.

 

Along comes David, a skinny shepherd boy, with enough faith in God to move a mountain. We read at I Samuel 17:38 that, as Goliath started out across the expanse between the armies, David ran out to meet him. He wasn’t timid. He didn’t walk out or amble out. He ran out, without hesitation and with unspeakable confidence, to remove the head of this enemy of his people. You see, David knew something that neither Goliath nor anyone else knew-he knew God was with him. David knew, just as Joshua knew at the battle of Jericho, the victory was already his. Joshua 6:2 says, “And the Lord said unto Joshua, ‘See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.’” The battle had been won even before it began. Such was the situation for David. His faith in God told him that God had is back, to put it into today’s vernacular, and he would be victorious thanks to the power of God.

 

Everyone has a Goliath in his or her life. Mounting debt. Health problems. An addiction. A tragedy.  A difficult boss or strained relation with a friend or family member. If you believe God is the promised Messiah and you have accepted Him as personal Savior, He will help you overcome that obstacle. No giant is bigger than God. Oh, we’ll still have rough spots. We’ll still have struggles; but, He sends His angels to watch over and protect us. The battle is already won thanks to the Cross. Isn’t it comforting to know that no matter how hard life gets, there will come a time when we will spend each perfect day in the presence of God for eternity.

 

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Psalms 18:2

 

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Death of a Nation

6 01 2018

Israel, once a powerful and God-loving nation, was led by a succession of evil kings who encouraged idolatry. And, in spite of God’s warnings, Israel fell deeper and deeper into sin. The people disobeyed God’s commands and began to worship idols. They became corrupt. They grew greedy. They became lustful and shamelessly immoral. They drifted away from God, who had done so much to make them an independent nation, and eventually the nation was destroyed.

 

Sound familiar?

 

Look at today’s headlines. Hardly a day goes by we don’t see another example of corruption within our legal system and our government. The swamp is deep and wide. The web of deceit and corruption has become so widespread and intertwined it appears there is no way to fix it. And, while there is nothing new about corruption among politicians and powerful people, there was a time when we would hold those who were found guilty accountable for their actions. Murders, rapes and violence, in general, are on the upswing.

 

I believe that what entertains us reveals our nature. In the fifties and early sixties, for example, A wholesome America thronged to the theaters to see the likes of Tracy, Hepburn, John Wayne, Doris Day, Portiere and others. Our favorite television characters included Lucy and Ricky, Rob and Laura Petrie, the Cleavers and so on. These were characters portrayed by people who conducted themselves in a respectable manner, both on and off camera. But, we began to get away from wholesome heroes in favor of a free lifestyle without inhibitions and boundaries. We began to reject noble character in favor of a me first attitude. Like the children of Israel, we began to lose sight of what was good. We began to lose sight of our Christian values.

 

In a Pew Research Center study conducted in 2014, the number of Americans who say they do not believe in God nearly doubled, from 5 to 9 percent, as compared to a similar study in 2007. In a country of over 300 million people, that’s a large number. Sadly, the same trend continues today.

 

There is no single event to which one can attribute the genesis of America’s moral decay; but, if I had to pick a spot in history which might come close, I would go with Woodstock and the hippie movement of the late sixties. Many of those same free-loving, anti-establishment, draft-dodging potheads are brain-washing your kids on our college campuses today. Those same snowflakes are the parents who came up with the everybody wins and everybody gets a trophy insanity which gave millennials a sense of entitlement to go along with their closets filled with dusty trophies. And, as America continues this immoral spiral, we grow closer to the same fate that befell Israel in the Books of 1 and 2 Kings-the death of a nation.

 

The good news, or should I say, The Good News, is, Christ will return soon and the end will be the beginning for those who have accepted Christ as Savior and our new lives will be eternal.





Count Your Blessings

22 01 2017

Psalm 40:5

“Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.”

 

In Deuteronomy 29, a chapter in the lives of the Israelites was about to come to an end. Before sending the Israelites across the Jordan River into the Promised Land, Moses wanted to be sure everyone realized what they had just experienced because they had so much for which to be thankful.

 

This is the way I hear Moses’ address to the crowd.

 

You people have been following me around this desert now for 40 years. Have you not realized that you’re still wearing the same clothes you wore on the night God delivered us from Egyptian bondage 40 years ago? Yet, your clothes are not worn and tattered. They look as if you just walked out of a Sears catalog.

 

Have you never stopped to think about where your food and water, here in the desert, have come from for the past 40 years? True, mana and water isn’t meatloaf and Merlot, but by the grace of God, you’ve managed to survive and survive well.

 

Everything you have needed, God has provided. And now, He’s about to give you land, a great land, where you can settle down and raise your families.

 

Stop for a minute, people, and think about the past 40 years and how we have survived. God has blessed us every day with innumerable blessings.

 

In many respects, we are much like the children of Israel. We go through each day of our lives and it never occurs to us just how many times God has blessed us. Our blessings, like those of the Israelites, are too many to count. Every possession, every gift and ability, our children, our friends, our very lives we owe to God. We work hard to build the lives we have, but it’s our God-given abilities that allow us to achieve; and, sometimes we need a reminder of how good God has been to us.

 

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Take a moment every day to thank God for the things He has done for you.