I was raised in Texas, deep in the heart of the Bible Belt. My family went to church twice on Sundays, once on Wednesdays, and in between for choir, Training Union, and Girl’s Auxiliary. Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper I have heard Bible stories of Noah and the Ark, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, and, my favorite, David and Goliath.
As a shepherd boy, David was in charge of protecting his flock from the elements and predators. He was small yet nimble enough to run and climb quickly, yet strong enough to fend off lions and bears. His weapon of choice was a slingshot since it was easy to carry around. His ammunition of choice was rocks, and there were plenty to be had. I imagine he was very good at what he did – so good God chose him as King David.
Then comes Goliath and the Philistines, striking fear in everyone they encountered. Goliath was three times the size of David, four times his weight, and covered with armor from head to toe. His sword was bigger than David was tall. Goliath’s reputation alone would make soldiers faint, fleeing to the hills rather than face him in battle. Then little David shows up.
I can hear the Israelites screaming at David, “Man, you’re crazy. There’s no way you can beat this guy. Give it up now!” I doubt David paid any attention to them. I can practically hear David tell, “Sure he’s big … but he’s also too big to miss!” That’s when he turned around and slung that shot to hit that giant right between the eyes. That’s my David!
Problems are always a matter of perspective. What appears to be a problem to one person, may not necessarily be a problem to another. Today we face a lot of problems around the world, in our country, and in our personal lives. Many people may look at the problem and say, “no way!” Fortunately, as a believer in the King of all Kings, we can say, “yes, way,” relying on the inspiration of a relationship with a Living Savior.
When you are faced with a naysayer who thinks their problems are hopeless and resign themselves to take whatever may come, remind yourself of shepherd boy David. Our problems may be big, but they are also too big to miss.
You go, Shepherd Boy!
Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries. Learn more about the ministry by liking our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CJEMinistries) and downloading our FREE mobile app (get.theapp.co) from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries. Debby can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to comment at debbyefurd.com