Discovering what love is one day at a time
I really enjoy, listening to little ones talk about their dreams, what they want to be when they grow up, or even watch them play-pretend to be super-heroes. They have the ability to not restrict themselves. They are not encumbered by the world and physical circumstances that surround them. They just believe they are capable, because of the desire that they have within. My son, for example talks of his dream to be a super-hero/banker/business owner/fireman/doctor/pilot all at the same time. Is that possible? Is it possible that in the seasons of his life he could be each of those things…maybe a super-hero to his children…? He dreams big. It would be easy to reason out the difficulties in his achieving all of those dreams…time, money, schooling, practicality…
Does my interpretation of those titles match his?
In the time worn story of David and Goliath, Saul tells David that he could not fight Goliath, because He was just a kid, and Goliath was a man of war since he was a kid. Talk about pooping on his parade. Yes, Saul was a king, and he was an adult, and he probably had different insights to battle than what David had. BUT…David had a whole different perspective than what perspective Saul had, and as an outsider looking in we can make inferences to his personal reasons for going ahead to battle based on our own view of the story.
David was not concerned with the fact that Goliath was a giant, but that he defied the armies of the living God.
David heard the men of Israel say that the man who kills Goliath would be enriched by the king with great riches, be given the kings daughter, and give his fathers house exemption from taxes in Israel.
I think about this for my eight year old, and he would be totally excited about the riches part and the tax free living for our family. The girl…he would wonder…would she do my chores for me? However, my teenager…..he may be more impressed with the daughter of the king first…then the other stuff.
Is it possible that that is the thing that is driving Him, or is it the fact that his heart is pure before the Lord?
Is it possible that because he was devoted to God he was unwilling to just sit and watch a bully scare the armies of God?
The battle is not ours, but the Lords’. He goes before us and fights for us. He has already done that. He has taken away our Goliath. Sin. By His death and resurrection on the cross.
We can believe it or not, but the Truth is Christ died for our sins…while we were still sinners. Now I am crucified with Christ, it is not I who live but Christ that lives within me, and the life I live now in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave His life for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law then Christ died in vain.
David had experienced life as a shepherd, and how he had to protect and care for his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took one of the sheep, he would go and rescue the sheep. If the beast then attacked him He would kill it. He knew that the Lord had delivered him from the lion and the bear. He knew that the Lord would deliver them from the bully as well.
David did not run away from the bully but marched straight toward him. We do not need to be afraid of any giants in our lives, no matter what or who they may be, or how and where that we find them.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 22 years. We have two young men ages 18 and 13.. This blog is somewhat of a journal and attempt for me to keep a purposeful perspective on life as a whole.