When I thought about how big God was I found I was no different that most other Christians. My life certainly didn’t reflect the God of the scriptures. When I prayed I didn’t really see much results. People I prayed about didn’t get healed, didn’t get delivered or set free, didn’t get saved. And to be honest I was getting frustrated
What about you? Have you ever faced these situations? How’s your frustration level in spiritual matters? Just how big is Your God? Think about the people you have given up hope on. People whom you think are a lost cause, feel like their never going to change. Or think about the times where we turn to the credit cards and bank loans or pawn shops because there are bills to pay, instead of allowing God to provide.
Do we stand in the face of opposition and difficulty confidently assured of our God who stands with us, or do we cower in fear of what people think or may say. Do we accept all challenges boldly, jumping in with both feet because we know “God will provide”, or do we shy away from difficult situations. Do we willing step out into the unknown simply because God said ‘go’, or do we try to figure out all the angles first. These were all questions I asked myself.
Just how big is your God?
Enter David in our story found in 1 Samuel 17.
Davids brothers were part of Saul’s army facing the Philistines. And as David was to young to enter the army he would travel back and forth with supplies for his brothers.
So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts. He arrived at the outskirts of the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries.
21 Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army.
22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers.
23 As he was talking with them, he saw Goliath, the champion from Gath, come out from the Philistine ranks, shouting his challenge to the army of Israel.
24 As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright.
What I found interesting is Davids response to Goliath wasn’t fear.
“Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?“
David response wasn’t to cower and hide. He saw and heard the same things his fellow Israelites were hearing. He served the same God they did. He had grown up hearing the same stories they did. If you were to ask him how great God was he probably would have the same answer his countrymen had. But something was different in David because he didn’t even hesitate in his response. Instead of running away to hide like everyone else had he charged headlong down to meet the giant saying
“You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD Almighty – the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied”
David personally knew how great God was. God’s greatness for him was not a theory talked about in church. It was a confident assurance that gripped him in the center of his being and it caused him to have great boldness. He absolutely knew God was going to back him up and defeat this giant, and it was a boldness that none of his fellow countrymen had.
How big is your God? Is it a theory? Its a tough question isn’t it, and it is one each of us needs to ask ourselves, because God doesn’t want to remain a theory we simply talk about.