Abundant Grace International Fellowship
Saturday, May 25, 2013
This weekend (May 25-26) at Abundant Grace:
Sat, 5 & 7pm, Grace Extended, Bob Kettering, "When God puts you on hold"
Sun, 12 noon, Trinity: Trinity Sunday, meditation by Elyn McInnis
Sun, 3pm: Bob Kettering, "When God puts you on hold"
Sun, 4:30pm: Annual Congregational Meeting
Today's meditation based on Jamie Taylor’s May 19 message, “Give me a man” (1 Sam 17).
“Give me a man,” Goliath demanded, his voice full of defiance. No need to have our armies fight. Just the two of us. May the best man win. And that will settle our conflict once and for all.
We hear such words of defiance today. New atheists challenging our hope of eternal life. Other religions challenging our confidence in the Bible. Massive environment issues challenging our message of salvation. Is Jesus really the only way?
David was passionate for God's glory. He wasn’t grasping for position, prestige or privilege. He wanted Goliath and the whole world to know that God is alive and fights for his people (vs 26, 46).
David was familiar with God’s faithfulness. He had seen God fight for him when he was taking care of the sheep. And he was confident God would do the same with this giant (v 36). “Small things are small things, but faithfulness in small things is a big thing.” (Hudson Taylor)
David knew obedience comes before blessing. David tried on Saul’s armor. He looked at Saul’s weapons. These weren’t right for him. He would fight with a slingshot, and with the armor of God (vs 39-40).
David was empowered by God’s enabling. “Only a boy named David/Only a little sling” (v 40). God’s power becomes evident when we are weak. God uses small things to show his greatness. We will never be too small for God to use, but we can be too big. Great people fight with their own strength. Humble people experience God’s enormous power.
David proclaimed the salvation of God. “The whole world will know there is a God in Israel” David said (v 46).
Point to ponder: “Give me a lever and a place to stand and I’ll move the world,” Archimedes said. God says, “Give me people who trust me completely, and we’ll change the world.”
Question to consider: What is the giant I fear to face?
Verse to remember: David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1 Sam 17:45 niv)
Action to deliver: Discuss the giant you face with someone you trust. Ask them to join you praying for courage to stand and fight.
Prayer: God, I am inspired by the story of David and Goliath. I’m also intimidated. I don’t kill lions and bears, to say nothing of giants. I need your wisdom to know when, and your grace to know how to stand and fight. Amen.
© 2013 Nathan D. Showalter