Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 8)
The Philistine said to David, 'Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!'
Then David said to the Philistine, 'You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, Whom you have defied... Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our hands.'
So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
1 Samuel 17:44-48 (NKJV)
David was daring. Daring is a step beyond courage--maybe even a sprint. Because courage is facing your fear head-on, come what may. Courage is admirable in anyone's book, including God's. But daring is running toward your fear--to take off its head: sure proof that a snake is dead.
In the physical, David was small, young and untrained. Goliath was massive, experienced and undefeated. The Israelites were scared. They had so much to lose. The Philistines were confident. They had so much to win. But David didn't depend on the physical.
He came directly from a different kind of field: not a battlefield, but a sheep field. His isolation from men gave him a foundation in God: faith in the All-Powerful Creator. It was the most important relationship he would ever have. David trusted God to win his battles.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: the entertainment industry is like Goliath: a giant that grips the world. If you're on his side, you play by his rules and feed him with devotion--because he demands your time, talent and treasure.
The church is split on the subject this Goliath, a.k.a. media: Some criticize it and many ignore it, but neither group steps within its borders. They watch from a steeple across a hill. Others enjoy the spectacle, because it is entertaining. They don't realize their values are changing.
But there's a new group in town. I call them Davids.
Clad with talent and drenched in daring, they run to meet the giant. But instead of hitting him between the eyes with a rock--they hit him in his heart--from The Rock. Because Jesus changed the terms of engagement.
They love Goliath, but hate his handler, the devil. They dare the devil, as they claim cameras and stages. God has called them to this role. Even more, He gives them victory.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.