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David meeting his “giant”

I was raised in Texas, right in the middle of the Bible Belt.  My family went to church twice on Sundays, once on Wednesdays, and in between for Training Union and Girl’s Auxiliary.  Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper I have heard every story in the Bible — Noah and the Ark, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, and, my favorite, David and Goliath.

As a shepherd from a very young age, David was in charge of protecting his flock from the elements and predators. As he grew, David was nimble enough to run and climb quickly, yet became strong enough to fend off lions and bears. His weapon of choice was a slingshot.  That made sense, since it was lightweight and easy to carry around.  His ammunition of choice were rocks, and there were plenty of rocks to be found in Israel. I imagine he was very good at what he did.

Then comes Goliath and the Philistines, striking fear to everyone they encountered.  Goliath was three times the size of David, four times his weight, and was covered with armor from  head to toe. His sword was bigger than David was tall. Goliath’s reputation alone would make soldiers faint or flee to the hills rather than face him in battle. Then shepherd boy 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!” David didn’t pay any attention to them. I can hear David now, “Sure he’s big … but he’s also too big to miss!” That’s my David.

You see, David knew where his power came from.  The stone in his hand might be small, but the God who is with him (and us) is bigger than the giant in front of you.  It is not about your stone, but it is about your God.

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