Discovering what love is one day at a time
I had the opportunity last week to steal my 10 year old son away from school to go to his orthodontist appointment. On the way back to school we were discussing school work tests and the basics, when he mentioned how he noticed in the book he was reading that the Greek gods had a lower case g and they even referred to God with an upper case G. He also pointed out the fact that because there wasn’t a teacher for his class on Sunday that he got to be in service. The one thing he noted from the teaching was in John where Jesus answers the Jews and says “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said you are gods”? If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came….
I like the fact that my son was aware, that he noticed the pattern for himself and saw of the Majesty of God and His ever-present hand in and on his life.
To be aware is to be watchful, understanding, and it is to know, notice, feel or experience. To be aware is to know that a condition exists.
What are we mindful of? What do we notice most? Is God truly King, truly the big G God over our hearts or is something else god?
I have been thinking a lot about David and Goliath. For David to be at the confidence level that he was when he ran towards the champion,(that just happened to be a giant approximately 10 feet 6 inches tall), his heart had to have been set, fully trusting, and believing God. David was definitely one who had made up his mind whom he would serve, and where his confidence came from.
Going back even further in the Scripture, in Genesis 16 we see David anointed to be king. David was the youngest of his brothers and was out tending to the sheep when Samuel came to perform a sacrifice unto the Lord. Samuel sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. After Samuel had seen all of the older brothers, he asked if all the young men were there, and yet they had not seen David. One wonders if that is because David was so young he was barely considered a man at that time, is that why his father did not bring him right away before Samuel? So would David be then between the ages of 10-12: if so that would make him a young man of about 13-15 years of age when He defeated Goliath. Samuel anointed David with a horn of oil in the midst of His brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. The Scripture doesn’t really indicate that anyone knew what Samuel had done except for Samuel and possibly David himself.
As a little boy of 10-12 years of age…this was a pretty significant event. Did God whisper in His ear...?” You will be king”? The Scripture does say that the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. Looking ahead in Scripture, I do not think that David got to be King until 30 years later. David is one of those examples in the Bible of a person who received God’s leading promise. He received unto his heart a whispered promise, and grew in His grace.
What precious promises has the Lord given unto us…? My heart starts to sing…We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever will believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life… Behold I stand at the door and knock if any man hear my voice and open the door I will come into him and I will dine with him and he with Me….While we were yet sinners Christ died for us... the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things… when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you…God has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence…
What David was most aware of led him forward. He was not dismayed like the whole army of Israel was. He was not afraid. He was not worried when he heard the taunts of the giant. Nor was he distracted from the giant when he was reproached by his eldest brother, and others.
Not only was David’s heart set on God and the promises that He knew would never fail, He was aware of the people and the needs around Him. He was not willing to let any giant become a god, to become the main focus, to exalt itself over the knowledge of God. David believed God. David believed in the strength of the One whose promises never fail, which enabled him to stand up to the giant. He believed that God had a plan and a purpose for His life. David was all in, not just for himself, but for others.
We are our brothers’ keeper. If we are not willing to deal with giants in our lives, we will be unable to help others around us with theirs.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 22 years. We have two young men ages 19 and 13.. This blog is somewhat of a journal and attempt for me to keep a purposeful perspective on life as a whole.