“Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” (1 Samuel 17:34-36, NKJV).
To become a giant killer, you have to learn to deal with the small issues in life first. Being faithful in small things trains and prepares you for when you come face to face with something big. Jesus said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10, NIV).
Our faith grows as we use it. David was a teenager who faithfully tended his father’s sheep. We don’t know exactly how many sheep he had, but he willingly put his life on the line to take care of them. He was faithful! I doubt any parent would want their teenager to take a lion by the beard and slay it, or fight a bear in defense of sheep and yet that is exactly what David did.
David had confidence in God’s ability to deliver him because he had watched God deliver him on other occasions. Faith works like a seed. “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time!” (Mark 4:26-29, MSG).
You don’t simply plant an acorn one day and the next it is a full-grown oak tree. Unless we take steps of faith every day, we won’t know what God will do from a practical standpoint. This is the everyday relationship God desires. David was ready to fight the giant because he had fought the lion and the bear. Because David had shown devotion to God in private, God was able to promote him publicly.
It should be no surprise to the average Christian that God still heals today. His power has not diminished since Jesus’ days on earth, or since the first apostles were spreading the Good News of Jesus’ redemption, of which healing is a part! But that doesn’t mean every Christian will receive it. Healing has been provided in a better covenant than even David had.
When the time comes to apply our faith to a giant that confronts us, such as a sickness – something any one of us may encounter – time spent daily in the Word of God and prayer will enable us to conquer it. This doesn’t happen because of our own size or skill but because of the God we know and serve. More next week.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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