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TITLE: A weapon with a packed lunch
By Garry Stopa
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You can find the story in 1 Samuel 17. The story is about David who later became King of Israel. At the time of this story, David was just a young man. Israel was in battle against the Philistines. A very large man---about nine feet tall---challenged Israel to send a man out to battle him one-on-one. This man’s name was Goliath. Israel was dismayed and greatly afraid. Jesse, David’s father, sent David with a packed lunch and some snacks for his older brothers who had gone to battle.
For forty days, Goliath challenged Israel to battle. David arrived on the scene to hear him. When David heard the man, he said, “who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" (1 Samuel 17:26, NKJV) David knew God would give them the victory.
David was God’s secret weapon. He went on to kill the man and give Israel victory in this battle. The Bible says, “The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). I have to keep reminding myself, I do not need to be bigger or more powerful, I do not have to be wiser or better educated, I do not even have to be wealthy. This is because God only needs a willing person to work through.
If you have called on Jesus to be your Lord, He can work through you too. God wants us to win our battles (see 1 Corinthians 15:57,58). We need to put our trust in Him instead of trusting ourselves. If you are like me, you sometimes feel a little under-qualified. When I begin to feel this way, I just remind myself, I am God’s secret weapon.
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