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1 Samuel 17: 45 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. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Friends, there are some BIG circumstances out there. Abuse, trauma, death, terminal health issues, divorce to name just a few. Those all qualify for a Goliath label and then some!!! (God never wastes the pain, but I am so sorry for your hurt!) Unfortunately we “look up to them” just that way. I’m small, you are BIG. If we are honest, do we enter with our God and 5 smooth stones? I tremble and ask someone to pray for me and hope someone will throw a stone on my behalf. I’m not a warrior, battle terrifies me. (And if you are smart, it would scare you too. . .life/death we are talking right?) I’m sure many of you have great courage as you battle with your Lord and His Truth. I’m a “scardy cat,” no doubt.
Victory is our Lord’s and His Truth stands on it. . . That is the win! That is my daily center with hard life things. Last night I heard a God conversation forming, with that “language” that can only be HIS Kingdom Voice. He said, “Goliath? You are operating like ALS is your Goliath.” “Well, I mean no disrespect my Lord, but it seems pretty obvious to me.” He whispered, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, sound familiar?” ‘Okay,” I said, “Point made. I’m tired of fighting this ALS Goliath.” He looked me right in the eyes and said, “You are fighting the wrong giant.” He continued, “Your Goliath is your fear Tracey. I’m working with the disease, but what really ‘cowers you’ is the fear.” My little white flag of surrender rose sheepishly. He laughed with that sweet understanding chuckle He uses with me and said, “I do not want you to surrender, dear love. Fight the true enemy. . .fight the fear.” “It’s too big God!” I whispered. He opened His “Storybook” and said, “Walk with me again through here (see our past footsteps there). . .I want you to visit with my friend, David.” “May we sit, Lord, my legs get tired?” I puffed in exhaustion. “Of course, a place for you right here, in my lap.” I feel asleep while He read to me in peace. Goliath was down for the night.
I woke this morning with the quote, “We are often our own worst enemy.” May I ask you? Who is your Goliath? Really? We are created to battle with God and 5 smooth stones. May I suggest for consideration. . .Is the circumstance the giant? I’m sure it is BIG and I am not minimizing it or your pain, struggle or frustration. But our thought life, our false beliefs what we “tell ourselves” to cope. . .There are giants there! After you discern your giant. . .What would your stones be? I’d love to dialogue with you. . .on this. . .leave comments on your 5 smooth stones. . . Today, Mine would be. . .
5 Smooth Stones to fight my fear, today: 1. Courage. 2. Faith. 3. Legacy 4. Focus 5. Aim
Your GIANT today? And your 5 smooth stones???