James N. Watkins
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And now, Are you listening to Goliath or God? . . .
David had a choice in 1 Samuel 17. He could believe the promises of Goliath or God.
Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.
David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
As you know, it was Goliath who became buzzard meat.
We have a choice whose promises we will believe: our enemy or our God:
“You’re a loser, a worthless failure” or “You’re a child of God.”
“You can’t do it” or “I will give you strength.”
“You’re out of work and you’re going to starve” or “I will provide for you.”
“You have six months to live” or “In Me, you have eternal life.”
“Your prodigal children are lost” or “I will guide them home.”
“No one loves you” or “I love you unconditionally.”
“You’re alone” or “I am with you.”
We have a choice whose promises we will believe: the loser or the winner.
© 2009 James N. Watkins
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