Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
God longs for relationship with us. For conversation with us. He asks questions because He wants an exchange.
In 1 Samuel chapter 17, the very familiar story of David and Goliath is written. We know all about David. He was a sensitive, young shepherd. He spent his time in the hills writing songs and poetry. He was not a warrior.
But even still, when Goliath threatened David’s people, and when no one else was willing – David was. He even turned down the armor he was given and the weapons he was told to use. He chose to stick with what he knew: a slingshot and God.
The thing is, David knew who was going to win the war. He knew beyond all certainty that with God on his side, he had nothing to fear. He looked the enemy in the eyes, remained confident, and led the people to victory.
If David, a man of insignificance to those around him, can trust God in the face of an actual giant, how can we not trust God’s provision still?
Is there not a cause?
We know that in God there is no fear. We know that His perfect love literally drowns out fear. There isn’t enough room for fear when God’s love is around.
But, as a people, as followers, we tend to forget about the powerful and all-consuming Love that we believe in. In a world that is so shattered, we get distracted by shootings and cruelties and politics. The enemy might not be a physical giant, but he is leaving giant brokenness all over our world. We pour our thoughts and prayers into these situations, but God is calling for a little more than that. God is calling us to pick up our slingshot and shout Light into the dark.
We do not serve a politically correct God. We do not trust in a God that is afraid of what others might say about Him. We do not follow a God concerned with making waves – in fact, He calls us to do so. To be a city on a hill. To not hide our light under a bushel. To proclaim His name from the rooftops.
David knew that God was strong and faithful and bigger than darkness. So he went forward with a confidence that only can come from Peace. What’s stopping us from doing the same?
It’s time, church. It’s time to raise our flags and sound the battle cry. It’s time to light our torches and bring hope into the darkest of dark places. Because His name makes the darkness tremble. His name makes the enemy flee. And His name is all we need.
“I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
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