David didn't kill Goliath because he set out to slay giants. He set out to
give sandwiches to his brothers, and Goliath got in His way. ~ Rich Mullins
I love Rich’s song “What Trouble Are Giants?” This post reminded me of that, and a blast of memories came back from years ago. This had always been one of my favorite of Rich’s tunes.
I think of how today’s post relates… what is our trouble with giants? Perhaps it’s not a literal Goliath we face, but some other less literal foe that daunts us. The fear of rejection from our peers. The fear of not being provided for, or of physical harm. We wrestle not with flesh and blood, as the Scriptures say (Ephesians 6:12).
But whatever our foe is, it has probably taken center-stage in our lives. It gets a lot of our attention. What I like about this quote is that it reminds us – our focus should not be on our giants, but on the task at hand.
I know this is hard for me. I look up to David for not being daunted, and for having such good motives when it came to slaying Goliath. He wasn’t trying to establish dominance or build his own confidence. He wasn’t trying to prove himself to anyone. In fact, the one and only real reason he took on Goliath was because Goliath spoke ill of God. Wow. Can I say that my motives are so valiant?
Lord, please teach us to be more centered upon your wishes. Please help us to love what you love, and to hate what You hate, and to not let anything get in the way of doing Your will. Amen.
Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 17