If I were to take a survey, I wonder how many people believe that God controls any outcome. Many Christians believe this. However, the Word of God is clear that this is not the case. The best way to truly know how God may respond in a situation is to see how He responded in the Bible.
You may have heard the argument that King Saul really wasn’t God’s first choice as king of Israel; He needed Saul to be in that position so David could come along, face the giant and be promoted. To understand God that way would be to understand Him as some cosmic manipulator. No, the truth is that God requires faith in order for His power to be released in our lives, but He also places faith in us to a degree too.
God had a plan for Saul, son of Kish, to become king. The people demanded a king and God answered their cry. God’s nature is not to fool people and give them something which will trip them up. The Bible says, “There is no unrighteousness in Him.” (Psalm 92:15, NKJV); God is not a man that He should lie.” (Numbers 23:19, NKJV).
Much later we know that God became a Man, but he was not born through man, but “She (Mary) was found with child of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18, NKJV brackets mine). Because we know the Holy Spirit is, “The Spirit of truth,” (John 14:17, NKJV), and because God cannot lie, we must also conclude that God does not deceive people or manipulate them.
God works with people to bring about His plans on the earth. He realizes that men will fail from time to time, but if we are humble, teachable and correctable, He has something to work with. God never said, “be perfect.” He said, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44, NKJV). This is not a command to be perfect in all we do, it is born out of His deepest desire that we love Him with all our hearts and trust with everything that concerns us. When we fail – and we will – under those conditions, He still has something to work with in our lives.
Becoming a giant killer doesn’t mean that you have everything worked out. It simply means that you give God what you have in your hand honestly, sincerely, fearlessly and adoringly. These are the ingredients of faith. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9, NKJV).
Giant-killers produce other giant-killers. It is true, David’s sin with Bathsheba and the murder of one of his mighty men, Uriah the Hittite, released the spirits of perversion and murder in his own family. But because of his repentance, David was not known for these things, though there were consequences for these actions.
David was known as a mighty warrior with a heart for God. Another of his mighty men, Shammah, defended a field of lentils during a time with the Philistines were raiding the Israelite fields for food. Shammah single-handedly stood in the middle of the field and defended it, killing the Philistines that day (See 2 Samuel 23). What giant are you facing? God isn’t looking for your perfection, He’s looking for your faith.
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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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