What Were They Thinking?


Little small child

“We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.” Charles Stanley

Do you have weeks, or days, where you find yourself all up in the business of other people in thought? I say thought because some of that business is none of your business in the first place, but nevertheless it is taking up space in your mind/

It can be frustrating, can’t it? Have you ever asked yourself “why?” It is only after a few days or weeks of agonizing over this situation that really is not your problem, do you realize it is not within your control to do anything about it.

We take on other people’s issues not because we can do anything about it, but because we care about people, don’t we? There is a part of us that would like to fix those lives, tell them the truth, make them better, hoping they would shape up and walk right, or that they would recognize who they are spiritually and rise up out of that state.

Today, I would like to refer to a passage of scripture from 1 Samuel 17. The scene opens on a battlefield with a young boy named David sent by his father to check on his brothers. When he arrived he was astonished at what he saw: the army of the LORD being threatened by the Philistine army. He saw the soldiers of the Lord cowering in fear at the giant Goliath.

His brothers tried to get him to leave, said it was none of his business what was going on, but he would not leave. Instead he inquired as to what was going on, why the Israelite army, the army of the LORD accepted these threats.

The giant Goliath continued to dare them to act, taunt them…made fun. David finally convinced the King that he would fight Goliath. As David headed out to face Goliath he said:

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied …”

What did David have on his side? He had confidence. He believed. He had no fear. He trusted in the name of the Lord, and the result: Goliath was killed. David was not intimidated by Goliath’s size. He saw Goliath through the eyes of God, that he was no match against the God of the armies of Israel.

It is God who determines when something becomes His business. He would not allow Israel’s army to be destroyed. By the hands of the boy David he delivered Israel’s army.

So what giants are you facing right now? Is it a financial issue; a rebellious child; a broken marriage; a sickness, etc.?

Don’t look at it with your physical eyes and emotions. Ask God to help you see it through His eyes. The invisible hand of God working in a life may not always be visible. There are times we think God should do things in a way that lines up with our sense of justice, right or wrong, but His ways are not ours.

Situations in life can be overwhelming, even for the one, who cares for others, but the problem is not ours, it is God’s. David knew that going into battle against the giant. He chose to be a vessel by which God would defeat Goliath.

Remember that you are a vessel. Seek God in the battle. Don’t take it on yourself, but give it to him.

Let me know what you think.

Keep the faith,

Blondie Clayton

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