Guest Blog written by: Drew Wike
In my reading from 1 Samuel 16:1 – 1 Samuel 28:19, I want to encourage y’all with, and focus on chapter 17. While this is often used in church and Sunday school, I feel that it isn’t always taught the way it should be. While this war in Judah was taking place between the Philistines and the Israelites, a simple shepherd boy, David, was carrying food to his brothers. To simplify it, many warriors took a stand against Goliath, a Philistine, but none could prevail. God used David to take down Goliath and bring glory to God’s name. Every day we face battles of our own. Some are Goliaths and some are very small, but the point I want to get across to you today is that God is bigger. Whatever trials you face, God is there and He is bigger. Personally I see this story and I think about the trials I face out on the mission field, kids acting out, satan trying to cause distractions, all of these little things that make it harder to present the gospel. I think of how it seems like nothing can be done to overcome these things and then I realize that when I make myself like David, when I make myself less so that God can use me in whatever gifts I may not realize I have. I think of how God carries me, my team, and the church groups we work with through these obstacles to further His name. In your personal life you may face Goliaths that cause you to question your faith, friends, decisions and family but God will carry you through. You see, Goliath was a big strong warrior and he was overthrown by a tiny pebble slung from a slingshot of a shepherd boy who wasn’t even there to fight. Until you can recognize that God’s power is what caused Goliath’s downfall, you won’t see that God carries you through all these times of pain or suffering.
Lord, I pray today that you would come upon us, that we would make ourselves less and have the faith to let you carry us through any obstacles or any suffering we face. Father, I pray for safety for my brothers and sisters traveling to Brunswick today to make your name greater. And Father, I pray that in everything we do, your name would be made greater.