“Why have you come down here, and with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?” – 1 Samuel 17:28
“You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him, you are only a young man, and he a warrior from his youth.” — 1 Samuel 17:33
“Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks? Come here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals.” — 1 Samuel 17:43-44
There are so many voices that tell us what we can and can’t do. The story of David and Goliath teaches us that the more things change, the more they say the same. If you ever decide to step out on faith and trust God completely with your life, you will not lack for voices of opposition. In the first verse I used, the voice was David’s own older brother, so he had opposition from his family. The second voice was king Saul, so the government discouraged David from stepping out in faith. The last one was from Goliath, his enemy . . . no surprise there. There were literally no human voices encouraging David.
Yet, he believed God did and still could do the types of miracles He had done in the past. He knew the story of Gideon. He knew the story of Samson. He knew that God was with those who dared to place their lives in His hands. Armed with only a sling and 5 stones, God used David to triumph over the Philistine.
It is interesting how before I preach or write one of these WMD’s how I get bombarded with voices. “Nobody reads these things anyway.” “You didn’t prepare enough to preach.” “You’re not smart enough to preach.” “God is not with you.” “These kids aren’t going to listen to you.” It is all so crazy. Fortunately, I have done it enough now that I have been given a great weapon of my own.
Right before I preach, I listen to those same voices. Here lately they have become a lot less intimidating, because I know I’m about to use my weapon. Right before I preach, I like to find me a little corner in the church, kneel down, and completely agree with a lot of what those voices say. “Lord, I’m not smart enough, I don’t know that I have prepared like I should, I can’t make anybody listen . . . but I do trust you, and I love you. Will you fill me with your Holy Spirit and use me? Speak through me, Lord.”
Thank God my trust is not in myself . . . my trust is in Him.
Trust in Him today.